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A man who is currently having to quarantine at a hotel under new coronavirus travel restrictions says his new digs are too posh and he doesn't understand why he has to stay put.
Brazilian Roger Goncalves landed at Heathrow Airport earlier today (15 February) and, as per the new rules, has been told he must stay in a hotel to quarantine.
Goncalves, 23, is now staying at the Radisson Blue, but he's not happy about the whole situation and says the room is 'too posh' for his liking.
Speaking to the Mirror, he said: "I flew in from Madrid.
"I'm feeling sad because there is no need. Showed my test and it's negative.
"This room is so posh. I don't understand why I need to stay here.
"I booked my tickets for February 10 but they sold out.
"I left Brazil yesterday. I was in immigration and I queued for a long time, for two hours.
"I can't do anything, I just can watch TV and stay in my room.
"I can't leave this room. They give us a menu. I can order breakfast, lunch and dinner."
Hotel quarantining for new arrivals from high risk countries started today.
Speaking earlier this month, a Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said the measure was needed to clamp down on the threat posed by new variants of the disease.
They said: "Throughout the pandemic, the government has put in place proportionate measures, informed by the advice of scientists, and that has led to some of the toughest border regimes in the world.
"It is currently illegal to go on holiday, and passengers travelling to the UK must provide proof of a negative test before they travel, and self-isolate on arrival.
"With increased police presence at airports and more physical checks at addresses to make sure people are self-isolating, we are taking decisive action.
"We are now working at pace to secure the facilities we need to roll out managed quarantine for British nationals returning home from the most high risk countries, and are rightly engaging with representatives from the hospitality, maritime and aviation industry, and learning from our friends around the world.
"In the face of new variants, it is important that the government continues to take the necessary steps to protect people and save lives."
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