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Home Office rows back after Hancock says refugees from Covid-19 hotspots will be denied entry

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The Home Office has rowed back after Health Secretary Matt Hancock said asylum seekers from Covid-19 'red line' countries would be sent back.

A government spokesman said this was not the case - and there would be no change to asylum policy with the introduction of hotel quarantine rules.

A Government spokesperson said: “Asylum claims will continue to be processed in the usual way.” The Health Secretary had been asked how the new rules will affect people who enter the country seeking asylum.

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