The UK’s Guardian News gleefully leapt upon a slip of the tongue from Minister Grant Shapps, who got into a muddle over the precise start time of a hastily imposed quarantine on those returning to the UK from France.
Grant Shapps caused confusion on Thursday night when he gave the wrong date for the start of Covid-19 quarantine measures for arrivals from France. The transport secretary said during a TV interview that they would have to self-isolate for 14 days from Sunday, but the regulation actually comes into force at 4am on SaturdayGuardian News YouTube Channel
Grant Shapps gives wrong day for start of France quarantine rules
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