12% of UK immigration staff had Covid-19 symptoms from January to April

Nearly 2,000 immigration staff, including workers at the UK’s ports and airports, were off sick with Covid-19 symptoms in the first four months of the year, with more than half absent before the lockdown was imposed, the Guardian can reveal.


Between 1 January and 29 April, there were 1,880 Border Force and UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) staff recorded as beginning a period of sickness absence due to Covid-19 symptoms, equal to 12% of the combined workforce for both...