Covid UK news LIVE – Hotel quarantine shambles as govt fails to sign a SINGLE contract for scheme starting next week

THE government has failed to sign a single contract ahead of the hotel quarantine scheme next week.

Brits returning from 33 “red list” countries where new Covid variants are circulating must isolate for 10 days in specially guarded hotels from February 15 – three weeks after the plan was announced.

But despite the delay, Boris Johnson’s official spokesman admitted today that the government still hasn’t managed to sign a single contract with a hotel firm to secure the places required in time for next week.

The news comes as Britain’s hopes of lockdown easing were dealt a fresh blow with Boris Johnson warned not to lift measures anytime soon.

The head of NHS Providers Chris Hopson warned the PM not to risk a major coronavirus setback by racing to unlock before test and trace systems are in place to prevent another massive surge in deaths.

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