- SAGE file cited study on hotel quarantine breaches in Australia and New Zealand
- It was found that there was only one violation per 173 COVID cases among passengers.
- This shows that a large number of quarantined travelers did not spread the virus
A new report suggests that forcing travelers to stay in quarantine hotels could prevent thousands of possible COVID infections and deaths.
NS report good, from No10’s scientific advisory group SAGE, gathered evidence from international studies on Covid transmission in hotel quarantine.
Britain’s hotel quarantine plan has been controversial, with lawmakers slamming them as prison-like and authoritarian. Those who were forced to live in them had to pay up to £2,000 out of their own pocket.
Yet the latest study suggests that, despite his mistakes, he may have protected the UK.
The SAGE file released today by the government cited a study on hotel quarantine breaches in Australia and New Zealand.
The study found that there had been only one violation of the countries’ combined hotel quarantine efforts per 173 Covid positive cases among travelers as of March 2021.
This means that the vast majority of travelers with COVID were placed in the quarantine system, rather then spreading the virus to hotel staff or other guests or the wider community.
A SAGE report suggests that controversial hotel quarantine rules may have prevented thousands of infections reaching the community. Scientists had recorded only one violation per 173 Covid positive cases, citing data showing Australia and New Zealand’s quarantine system.
The SAGE document also highlighted some of the potential dangers of Covid quarantine breaches.
Scientists cited the case of the second Covid wave in the Australian state of Victoria, which was caused by a hotel quarantine violation, and resulted in more than 800 deaths.
Current rules in England mean that people visiting a country on the ‘Red’ travel list for 10 days must be quarantined in a hotel for 10 days upon arrival, before returning to the UK.
They are charged around £2,000 per person.
Anyone in the UK who breaks the quarantine can be fined up to £10,000.
But many people forced to live in them have complained of ‘inedible food’.
NHS worker Amil Arif was one of those who said the food served in hotel quarantine was ‘unexpected’ (food picture omitted). The Holiday Inn in Slow (pictured at right) cost Ms Amal £3,000 to spend 10 days in isolation.
Similar quarantine requirements apply in other UK countries as well.
The SAGE report also highlighted the hotel quarantine system in Singapore.
Between January and May 2021, more than 10,000 people lived in Singapore’s system every day.
At that time there were only over a dozen cases of transmission of Covid in Singapore hotels, with outbreaks attributed to human error.
Unlike the UK, breaking hotel quarantine rules in Singapore carries a prison sentence.
All three countries referenced in the SAGE report Australia, New Zealand and Singapore have far fewer Covid cases than the UK.
Figures from Our World in Data – which tracks the status of the pandemic – show Britain recorded an average of 436 daily cases per million people in the week ending 16 September.
This compares to 116 daily cases per million people for Singapore, 68 for Australia and just 4 for New Zealand.
Britain reports far more new Covid cases than other countries cited in SAGE report on effectiveness of hotel quarantine