The Covid-19 pandemic in the UK was accelerated by critical errors in the approach to border measures take by the government.
That is the view od a new report from the Home Affairs committee, which has been examining how prepared the country was the outbreak.
Poor decision making in the early months led to many more people contracting Covid-19, the authors argue.
The cross-party report says the government is right to include Spain in the current quarantine arrangements but criticises handling and calls for improvements in way travel corridor decisions are made.
The inquiry considered all of the government’s decisions on border measures – from the early quarantine of 273 people largely from Wuhan, through the voluntary self-isolation measures applied to travellers from specific countries (including China, Iran and Italy) in February and early March.
This was followed by the lifting of all border measures on March 13th, to the introduction of mandatory quarantine in June, followed by travel corridors and the most recent decision to reintroduce quarantine for Spain.
Drawing on evidence that thousands of people with Covid-19 arrived in or returned to the UK in February and March, the committee concludes the UK experience…