Almost 24million People Arrived In The UK From Abroad In The First Three Months Of This Year When There Were No Checks For Coronavirus Damning New Figures Show Today

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Almost 24million people arrived in the UK from abroad in the first three months of this year when there were no checks for coronavirus, damning new figures show today.
Some 23.7million 'passenger arrivals', including foreign visitors and Britons returning home, were clocked at UK sea and tarvelzone.hpage.com airports between January and March, the Home Office revealed.
The number - equivalent to a third of the entire UK population - were down almost a fifth (18 per cent) on the same period in 2019 and showed 'with significant falls towards the end of the quarter' when the scale of the pandemic became clear and the UK lockdown started. 
But they cover a period in which coronavirus was spreading outwards from China into Europe - although a pandemic was only declared on March 11 -  and no checks were made at airports, with arrivals simply advised to join the rest of the nation in self-isolating. 
The Home Office visa numbers reveal that arrivals included almost 35,000 Chinese nationals and 133,000 people from India, which has also seen a large number of reported cases.
However, arrivals from EU nations with huge outbreaks were not counted because they are still arriving visa-free in the UK. 
The figures were released as it was revealed thermal imaging cameras which can check the temperatures of airline passengers as they enter Britain are set to be rolled out at the country's busiest airport today.
Heathrow will introduce the tripod mounted cameras in one of its [/news/immigration/index.html immigration] halls as part of a new trial as bosses look at ways to kick-start the travel industry in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
If successful, they hope the move will allow Britons to head abroad safely without going into quarantine on their return. 
It comes as the airport's chief executive John Holland-Kaye today showed tentative support for the government's plan for an automatic 14 day quarantine for travellers entering the UK - but called for a 'risk-based approach'.
From today, passengers arriving at the airport's Terminal 2 will be automatically screened for raised temperatures, which could indicate a fever - one of the  common symptoms of coronavirus. 

New thermal imaging cameras (pictured) which can check the temperatures of airline passengers as they enter Britain are today set to be rolled out at Heathrow Airport
From today, passengers arriving at the airport's Terminal 2 will be automatically screened for raised temperatures, which could indicate a fever - one of the common symptoms of coronavirus
Passengers will see the cameras as they pass through the immigration hall, with a sign telling them when they are entering an area being monitored
If successful, airport bosses hope the cameras will allow Britons to head abroad safely without going into quarantine on their return
They will see the cameras as they pass through the immigration hall, with a sign telling them when they are entering an area being monitored.
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