Podcast: are UK hotel quarantine plans enough to stop Covid at the border?

Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss the week in politics on the New Statesman podcast.

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Travellers to the UK from Covid hotspots will be required to quarantine in hotels, under plans expected to be announced this week. Epidemiologists have long been arguing for tighter border controls, but debate continues among MPs who are divided on how tough these measures should be.

On the New Statesman Podcast Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss whether the government's plans are sufficient to protect the UK against new coronavirus variants, and what the divisions in the cabinet mean for this new effort to contain the virus. Then, in You Ask Us, they tackle your question on whether the upcoming Welsh elections have a wider importance.

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Further reading: 

Stephen Bush writes that reopening schools is far harder than Conservative MPs suggest.

Anoosh Chakelian investigates the curious legend of the lockdown house party.

Our leader this week argues the UK’s tragic Covid-19 death toll of 100,000 reflects disastrous political failures.

The New Statesman international team publishes a weekly global affairs podcast, World Review. Listen here

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