A maximum 10-year jail term for lying about recent travel history has been defended by the government.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the British public “would expect pretty strong action” and the maximum sentence reflects the seriousness of the crime.
It was criticised by former Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption who said lower tariffs exist for sex offences.
From Monday, people arriving in England from “red list” countries must isolate for 10 days in hotels, costing £1,750.
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