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Coronavirus: No follow-up checks on travellers from abroad
Officials have carried out no quarantine checks on visitors arriving in Scotland from overseas, the Scottish health secretary has admitted. Jeane Freeman said they were unable to check whether passengers were sticking to the rules because they did not have access to passenger details.Staff in Scotland did not have security clearance to access the UK government's system containing details of arrivals.Quarantine measures have been in place for four weeks. Under the rules introduced on 8 June to prevent the spread of coronavirus, anyone entering Scotland from abroad must isolate for two weeks or face a
Speaking to the BBC's Politics Scotland, Ms Freeman explained that Public Health Scotland officials had to get security clearance to access the UK government's Home Office system which holds data on people arriving in the UK. She said that the problem, which was first reported in The Sunday Post, had been resolved and the security checks were now complete.
Quarantine starts for travellers entering Scotland
The health secretary said the quarantine checks on arrivals would begin this week. "Our officials had to get that necessary security clearance in order to be able to access that data that then allows the follow up calls to be made," she said."That's now thankfully resolved and those calls begin this week", she said.
Jeane Freeman said checks would begin this week
There was no exact date yet for when the calls would begin but she said it would "definitely [be] this week".Asked whether Scotland was the only part of the UK where no checks had been made, Ms Freeman responded: "I don't know about Northern Ireland or Wales. "I know Public Health England have been able to do that, but they are part of the Home Office system. We were not part of the Home Office system."
Holiday lockdowns
The health secretary was also asked whether holiday-makers would be quarantined if there was a local outbreak while they were away from home. She said: "It depends on what our infection prevention people tell us is the right things to do."Ms Freeman cited the example of Dumfries and Galloway, where a cluster has led the Scottish government to ask those who live in certain areas - identified by their postcode - not to travel further than five miles.
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The Scottish Conservative leader, Jackson Carlaw, said the lack of quarantine checks were the "latest testing and checking failure". He added: "We will not be able to exit lockdown safely until the SNP gets its act together on testing. From care homes to NHS workers, the whole testing scheme has been a mess."The Scottish Liberal Democrats' health spokesman Alex Cole-Hamilton urged the political parties leading Scotland and the UK to "take a hard look at themselves and do better". "The shoddy and deteriorating relationship between the SNP and Conservatives is becoming an issue that is endangering our health and the control of this virus," he added:
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