Leading scientists warned last night that Boris Johnson’s two-week foreign quarantine plans made “no sense” as Downing Street’s own chief scientific adviser distanced himself from the policy.
The government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) was not consulted on the decision to make all arrivals in Britain self-isolate for two weeks. There is frustration among some members that introducing the restrictions on Monday is “not following the science”.
Yesterday Theresa May led a Conservative rebellion against the measure, which Tory MPs said would inflict “unnecessary economic isolation” on the country.
Mr Johnson defended the plan, insisting that it was necessary now that Britain was “getting the virus under control”. He added that there was a “risk” of cases from abroad increasing the infection rate in