LONDON (AP) — Britain’s newly established quarantine hotels received their first guests on Monday as the government tries to prevent new coronavirus variants from derailing a fast-moving vaccination drive that has delivered more than 15 million shots in ten weeks.
Passengers arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport were escorted by security guards to buses that took them to nearby hotels.
Some of the travelers said they had tried and failed to make it to Britain before Monday to avoid the quarantine.
Zari Tadayon, who flew to Heathrow from Dubai and was taken to the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel near the airport, said she had hoped she would be allowed to quarantine at her home in London. She said she felt “horrible” about the enforced 10-day hotel stay.
“How I’m going to cope I don’t know. It’s going to be tough,” she said.
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