UK Covid live: government defends hotel quarantine plan after warning over risks

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Latest updates: home office minister defends allowing quarantining travellers ‘gulp of fresh air’ after warning from Australia

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released its latest “Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain” report.

Around three quarters (74%) of adults said they would be likely to get a test for Covid-19 if offered as part of mass testing, even if they had no symptoms. This is up from 69% last week, the ONS reports.

Compliance with measures to stop the spread of the #COVID19, such as handwashing and using a face covering, remained high this week https://t.co/oTDntdgOqH pic.twitter.com/js6gyOuSbs

Home secretary Priti Patel has told people to “persevere” with the government’s testing website after a woman raised fears she will not be able to travel back from the US because of issues.

An LBC radio listener said she is a UK citizen married to a US citizen and is due to return from the States on 22 February but has been unable to book a test.

I do understand there have been problems with the testing package website, which I think was launched yesterday.

I’ve been told it was back up and running this morning so please persevere with this.

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