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Isolate if you fled to North from London, travellers told

HEALTH bosses in large parts of the North and Midlands are urging people who have arrived there recently from Tier 4 areas or Wales to go into isolation for up to ten days over Christmas.

Travellers are being urged to stay indoors with no visitors to reduce the risk that they will spread the mutant Covid variant linked to surging infections.

In Liverpool City Region, anyone who has arrived from London or the south-east is being urged to get a test.

The advice follows scenes of people packing London rail stations to escape the capital in the hours before Tier 4 controls came into force at the weekend.

Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy, director of public health for Tameside in Greater Manchester, said she was advising ten days of isolation for travellers because the new strain is ‘incredibly infectious’.

The government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said local officials were doing a ‘fantastic job’ but restrictions could only slow the progress of the mutant strain. ‘The new variant is spread around the country,’ he said last night.

‘It’s localised in some places, but we know there are cases everywhere. So it’s not as though we can stop this getting into other places, there’s some there already.’

He repeated his warning that people in Tier 4 areas should stay local and behave as if they are already infectious.

■ HUNDREDS of extra British Transport Police officers have been put on duty at train stations to enforce coronavirus restrictions. In Tier 4 they will remind people they cannot enter or leave the region unless they are exempt from rules. In the rest of the country they will target mask wearing. Meanwhile police have said they will ‘step up visibility’ to discourage people from driving between tiers, but there ‘is no intention’ of having road blocks.