The Home Office has hired a private security firm to carry out visits to up to 10,000 homes a day to check Britons are quarantining after trips abroad.
Staff from firm Mitie will carry out the checks to make sure people are self-isolating, The Times reports.
The figure represents a ten-fold rise on the current number of visits. The Government is carrying out around 1,000 checks each day.
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It comes amid reports passengers will face queues of up to six hours in some of Britain’s largest airports when non-essential international travel reopens on 17 May.
Chris Garton, the chief solutions officer at Heathrow, told the House of Commons transport select committee that delays at border control are already “well in excess of two hours and up to six” despite the current ban on holidays.
Strict Covid paperwork checks are causing the lengthy queues.
And he said the situation was only likely to get worse when the ban on leisure trips abroad is lifted.
In the Government’s roadmap, May 17 is marked as the earliest possible date that people in England…