200 positive Covid cases at Kent migrant camp Napier Barracks

What good is it when the EU has become a human trafficking operation, with all these lockdowns you gotta ask where are they coming in from. France doesn’t care, they just release them back out and they try to come here again. The EU’s vaccine program has been poor, the U.K. will end up vaccinating those arriving from Dover too and we’re the racists?

You’re not a xenophobe for questioning the government on the pathetic stance and the EU turning a blindeye to their own obligations (not to mention violating their own laws).

Everyone understands why they come here, we only ask for a tough border and taking back control (whatever happened to that). That will teach Farage a lesson next time not to ramp up anger only to withdraw and give the useless Tories absolute power.

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Nearly 200 asylum seekers housed in an army barracks in Kent have tested positive for Covid-19 this year, raising fears that migrants crossing the Channel are importing cases into Britain.

Today the government rejected calls from MPs to place migrants who cross the Channel under the same strict hotel quarantine rules imposed on travellers from 33 “high risk” countries.

Priti Patel insisted they are already placed in self-isolation in current asylum facilities for ten days. But figures revealed by the top civil servant at the Home Office sparked fresh fears that asylum accommodation is helping to spread coronavirus.

Matthew Ryecroft, the permanent secretary at the department, shocked MPs by revealing there had been 178 positive tests at the Napier Barracks in Kent last month and a further 19 reported in February so far, a total of 197 since the beginning of the year.

The figure is over half the total capacity of the army barracks, which began being used as an “emergency” accommodation for asylum seekers in September.

The Home Office said the number of asylum seekers who have passed through the barracks is higher than the 380 capacity as they are moved in and out of the accommodation regularly.

The department said there are currently no known positive cases of coronavirus at the barracks as those who had the virus have been moved into isolated accommodation.

The Tory MPs Tim Loughton and Natalie Elphicke had called on the government to make all Channel migrants face the same strict hotel quarantine rules as travellers from “red list” countries.

But rejecting the idea today, the prime minister’s spokesman said: “Any migrant who is detained going to immigration removal centres or other immigration detention centres they would isolate in those settings.”

Meanwhile the head of the Border Force revealed only 1 per cent of arrivals in the UK are going into hotel quarantine.

Paul Lincoln told the Commons’ home affairs committee that on average 150 out of 15,000 people who are currently entering the UK are going into hotel quarantine.

“In broad terms there are about 14,000 or 15,000 people coming into the country on any given day — that is now about 95 per cent down from what we would have seen at this time routinely in previous years.”

Mr Lincoln said that “about a third or more” of them would be hauliers coming into the country and about a third of those are British citizens.

Among the 15,000 people who have come in “only 100 or so people per day” are going into hotels.

He said there are around 1,100-1,200 people currently in the managed quarantine service hotels.

Yvette Cooper, the committee’s chairwoman, said: “The revelation at the home affairs committee this morning that 99 per cent of arriving travellers are not covered by hotel quarantine is very troubling.

“New variants are continuing to spread through countries across the world yet the majority of travellers are still able to go straight onto public transport without being tested on arrival, despite having been on planes, buses and in crowded airport queues, including with arrivals from high risk countries. The government’s own assessment says airport arrival testing could lower the volume of infectious travellers entering the UK, so why have we not put this extra layer of protection in place?

“And the government still has no estimate on the number of people who fully comply with self-isolation when they do get home, and no figures on whether police are yet taking any enforcement action if people aren’t at their address.

“At a time when we still need to protect the vaccine programme from new variants, to have only 1 per cent of travellers being quarantined, no tests on arrival, no quarantine taxis and lax enforcement of self-isolation, means the system is still full of holes.”

Patel told the committee that it was “far too early” for people to book a holiday abroad, raising fears that the hotel quarantine policy will be in place for months.

Airlines and travel companies have reported a surge in demand in the past few days after Boris Johnson, the prime minister, revealed his road map for easing England’s coronavirus lockdown.

Asked what advice she would give to people thinking about overseas holidays and whether they should book or wait, Patel told the home affairs committee: “Well, it’s too early. It’s far too early.

“It is too early and we have to look at the data at every single stage, and the road map outlined by the prime minister makes that abundantly clear.”

She urged everyone to follow current restrictions while the vaccine rollout continues, referring to the four tests the government has said need to be met before restrictions can be lifted.