BORED Sugar! Apprentice star reveals he’s self-isolating at home after flying back from Florida… and moans about call from WFH contact-tracer whose ‘kids were shouting in
- Lord Sugar, 74, is currently in self-isolation for the next ten days after US trip
- But he seemed unimpressed with the Government’s checks on him
- Said one call to his phone just sounded like ‘kids shouting in the background’
Apprentice supremo Lord Sugar has revealed the chaos of the UK’s self-isolation checks after putting himself into quarantine after coming back from America.
America is on the amber list of countries, meaning those coming to the UK from there have to quarantine at home or in the place they are staying for ten days.
There also has to be a COVID-19 test on or before day two and on or after day eight.
The Government also carries out checks on individuals on those self-isolating using information on filled in passenger location forms.
But Lord Sugar, 74, who was made a peer in July 2009, showed the checks left a lot to be desired.
Known for his straight-talking and gruff style on the Apprentice, he did not mince his words over the call-in efforts.
Lord Sugar, 74, is currently being shown on the Australian version of The Apprentice
He revealed his isolation and failed phone calls on his Twitter feed this morning
He said he had filled in his passenger locator form after landing back in the UK after US visit
He said online: ‘I am back in the UK isolating. I gave my phone number on my entry form and got one call on Sunday.
‘I got a call yesterday that cut off and today I got as call which must have come from an individual working from home and all I could hear is kids shouting in the back ground.’
Lord Sugar had previously had a £1.3million home in Florida in the city of Boca Raton, but was said to have sold it a few years ago.
He tweeted a picture of the full moon there on May 27, suggesting ‘all the lunnies must be out’.
Those looking to enjoy a summer holiday abroad this year should book a package trip with a test included to protect themselves from paying through-the-nose if pre-booked private test results get lost, Which? advised. Pictured: Heathrow Airport last month
Covid testing ‘carnage’ is putting foreign holidays at risk as labs are already pushed to the limit, a consumer watchdog has warned. Pictured: Heathrow Airport last month
What are the self-isolation checks?
Staff employed on behalf of the NHS Test and Trace service will come to the address listed on your passenger locator form. The staff will be wearing NHS Test and Trace uniforms. They will identify themselves verbally and present an ID card with information including their name, role and employer. The staff will follow social distancing guidelines.
The staff will state your name and ask you to confirm it. They will also ask to see your driver’s license or passport to confirm your identity.
They will then ask you a few questions. This will help establish whether you are following your duty to self-isolate and enable them to provide additional information or guidance where necessary. You may receive follow-up visits.
NHS Test and Trace staff do not have enforcement powers, including the power to issue fixed penalty notices or fines. This means they will never ask you for money.
His criticism comes as the UK Government has come under fire over its border management as the Indian variant of Coivd spreads across the UK.
It was only yesterday that Heathrow opened up a dedicated area for red list country flights so ‘riskier’ passengers did not mix with safer ones.
And it falls as the same warnings have been sounded over the struggling’ Covid testing system for those trying to take foreign holidays.
Tests are required to travel abroad under the ‘traffic light’ quarantine system – which sees countries categorised into red, amber and green lists based on travellers’ risk of importing cases.
And the list of countries on the green list – countries deemed the safest to visit – is set to grow before the end of June.
Arrivals from green nations – such as Australia, New Zealand and Gibraltar – need to take a Covid test before flying into the UK and a second test on or before the second day after they land.
Those arriving from amber countries need to quarantine at home for ten days and take a test on or before day two and on or after day eight – as well as prior to flying.
The current private testing system is ‘struggling’ and will be ‘carnage’ when travel starts up again, consumer watchdog Which? said.
Campaigners are calling for the cost of private tests to be capped by the Government.
As it stands, a day two testing service for green list arrivals can cost up to £399, while amber packages can cost upwards of £378.