Priti Patel has revealed the quarantine travel rules which will force everyone coming into the UK from Monday to stay home for 14 days.
The Home Secretary has laid out her plans this lunchtime, despite a backlash from Tory MPs and tourism bosses that the moves will harm the economy and cost jobs.
But she stressed that the measures - which will be in place for at least the next three weeks - will be "time-limited" and "temporary".
Ms Patel said today: "The scientific advice is that imported cases of the virus pose more of a threat to our recovery.
"We are now more vulnerable to infections being brought in from abroad.
"The priority is to protect people’s health and keep those in the UK safe.
"These measures are backed by science and are supported by the public, and are essential to save lives.
"Let us not throw away out hard won progress."
Ministers say it will stop new cases being brought in from abroad and prevent a second wave of the virus.
Priti Patel outlines 14-day quarantine travel rules for people coming into the UK from Monday for at least 3 weeks
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