People coming into the UK should be tested for coronavirus “within days” of their arrival, the leader of the Labour opposition party, Sir Keir Starmer, has said.
From Monday, most people arriving in the country must quarantine for 14 days.
Starmer said the new rule was a “blunt instrument” used too late, at a time when other countries were lifting travel restrictions.
“I actually would much prefer to see some sort of testing regime at the airport” or “within days of [people] coming in”, he told LBC Radio.
The quarantine has also provoked fierce criticism from the aviation and travel industries, with the boss of Ryanair labelling it ineffective and a “political stunt”.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has said the measures were designed “to prevent a second wave” of coronavirus.