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UK News Raab stands by quarantine decision as Spain calls on islands to be excluded

17:42  26 july  2020
17:42  26 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

Holidaymakers told to self-isolate upon return from Spain

  Holidaymakers told to self-isolate upon return from Spain The change in the travel rules will come into force at midnight across the whole of the UK.The so-called “travel corridor” with Spain has been shutdown after it reported more than 900 new daily infections for the past two days.

The foreign secretary said while the decision was disruptive for holidaymakers, the government could not risk a second lockdown.

Quarantine measures apply to those returning from mainland Spain , the Canary Islands and the Balearic Mr Griggs also called on the government to be "a little more specific" in its advice, since the The decision to remove Spain from those lists was announced on Saturday following a spike in

Dominic Raab wearing a suit and tie: Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the quarantine measures for Spain were ‘absolutely necessary’ (Stefan Rousseau/PA) © Stefan Rousseau Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the quarantine measures for Spain were ‘absolutely necessary’ (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has doubled down on the UK’s sudden decision to reimpose strict quarantine rules at short notice on travellers returning from Spain, calling the measures “absolutely necessary”.

But Spain said it was in conversation with the UK about exempting the Canary and Balearic islands, which includes Ibiza and Mallorca, from the requirement to self-isolate for two weeks.

Spain quarantine: Foreign secretary says government acted 'as swiftly as we could'

  Spain quarantine: Foreign secretary says government acted 'as swiftly as we could' The foreign secretary has defended the reintroduction of coronavirus quarantine measures for Britons returning from Spain, telling Sky News: "We took the decision as swiftly as we could."Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Dominic Raab said the government received data on Friday which showed a "big jump" in COVID-19 cases across the country.

Foreign minister Dominic Raab called the measure a real-time response to a jump in coronavirus cases in Spain . Spain has seen COVID-19 cases rise in the last few weeks, prompting most regions to impose rules for masks to be worn everywhere and, in several areas including Barcelona, calls for

Raab defended the imposition of the quarantine as a "real-time response" to a jump in Spanish coronavirus cases reported on Friday, the latest in " We ' re quite frustrated by it to be honest, because it actually feels safer in Spain ," British tourist Carolyne Lansell, said of the quarantine decision .

Foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya argued Spain had coronavirus outbreaks “perfectly controlled” after the European country recorded more than 900 fresh daily Covid-19 cases for two days running.

Ministers announced on Saturday that holidaymakers who had not returned from Spain and its islands by midnight would be forced to quarantine for 14 days after Covid-19 second wave fears saw the popular holiday destination struck off the UK’s safe list.

The Foreign Office guidance advising against all but essential travel to mainland Spain does not include the islands but ministers opted to apply blanket quarantine arrangements across the Spanish territories.

Ms Gonzalez Laya told reporters: “Spain is a safe country for tourists and Spaniards.

Dominic Raab to stay home this summer as two ministers face 14-day quarantine

  Dominic Raab to stay home this summer as two ministers face 14-day quarantine Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and London minister Paul Scully are both currently holidaying in Spain, which has been struck off the UK’s safe list.Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is currently taking a break in Spain and will have to self-isolate for 14 days on his return after the UK’s most popular holiday destination was struck off the safe list of travel destinations on Saturday.

“We also look to understand why quarantine has been issued for a whole country, including the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands , when the travel advice isn’t aligned (only applying to mainland Spain ). It demonstrates why clear regional travel corridors need to be considered. “The health and safety of our

Britain's decision late on Saturday to take Spain off a safe-travel list over a rise in In addition to the quarantine , the British foreign ministry advised against all but essential travel to mainland Spain , prompting regional authorities in the Canary and Balearic Islands to say they would try to get an

“Like in any other European country we are seeing outbreaks – the outbreaks in Spain are perfectly controlled.”

She added: “At the moment our dialogue efforts are focused on excluding from the quarantine measures the Balearic and the Canary Islands.

“We do hope that this dialogue we have started with the UK authorities, together with the governments of the Balearic and Canary Islands, will bear fruit shortly.”

It comes after Cabinet minister Mr Raab said the Government would not apologise for failing to give notice on its Spain decision, which was announced only hours before the changes came into force.

The quick turnaround even caught out Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who is currently in Spain for his summer break and will join thousands of others in being forced to self-isolate for a fortnight on his return to Britain.

Paul Scully, minister for London, will also have to quarantine after declaring on social media that he was on holiday in Playa Dorada, Lanzarote.

Warning of holiday ‘uncertainty’ as fears grow of second Covid wave

  Warning of holiday ‘uncertainty’ as fears grow of second Covid wave France and Germany have warned of possibly introducing new lockdowns, according to reports.The Government has stood by its decision to strike Spain off the UK’s list of safe destinations after it saw a spike in the number of coronavirus cases.

Boris Johnson has suspended an air bridge agreement with Spain and reimposed quarantine measures on tourists re-entering Britain from the European country. The change in policy from the government will mean any tourist returning to the UK from Spain , including the Canary Islands

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Mr Raab told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme: “The data we got was on the Friday, it showed a big jump right across mainland Spain.

a group of people on a beach: Travellers returning from Spain and its islands will now have to quarantine for a fortnight after ministers changed Covid-related travel rules (Emilio Morenatti/AP) © Provided by PA Media Travellers returning from Spain and its islands will now have to quarantine for a fortnight after ministers changed Covid-related travel rules (Emilio Morenatti/AP)

“That was then assessed yesterday afternoon and we took the decision as swiftly as we could and we can’t make apologies for doing so.”

Mr Raab added: “We’ve always said, as we come through the lockdown, we would need to take targeted measures.

“If we can’t do that, the risk is the virus gets back hold in the UK, the damage to the economy of a second lockdown and I think a blow to public confidence.

“So, yes, these measures are decisive and swift and, as a result of that, inconvenient for those going through them … but they are absolutely necessary.”

The First Secretary of State conceded there was an “element of personal responsibility” involved when telling those arriving from Spain to self-isolate but stressed there were “penalties for non-compliance”.

Call for ‘smarter’ border checks after Spain removed from quarantine-free list

  Call for ‘smarter’ border checks after Spain removed from quarantine-free list Temperature checking is among the measures proposed by Labour to replace the existing ‘blunt’ self-isolation policy.Labour’s shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said there are “serious questions” about the blanket self-isolation requirement.

Ministers reimposed restrictions on travel from Spain , including its islands , last night following new outbreaks of coronavirus which prompted Spanish The sudden removal of Spain from the list of countries exempted from the Government's quarantine rules is expected to have a chilling effect on

Britain's decision late on Saturday to take Spain off a safe-travel list over a rise in coronavirus cases took effect from midnight (2300 GMT on Saturday) " We ' re quite frustrated by it to be honest, because it actually feels safer in Spain ," British tourist Carolyne Lansell, who was wearing a mask, said of the

Labour shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth criticised the Government’s handling of the decision, labelling it “frankly shambolic”, and called for financial support for those now forced to shut themselves away after their arrival home.

One frustrated traveller due to come back to Britain from Spain confirmed he had booked a Covid-19 test in a bid to avoid missing out on work.

But NHS test and trace boss Baroness Dido Harding said a negative result would not exempt those returning from the requirement to quarantine.

Dido Harding holding a sign: Baroness Dido Harding, head of NHS test and trace (Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/Crown Copyright) © Provided by PA Media Baroness Dido Harding, head of NHS test and trace (Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street/Crown Copyright)

Self-employed roofer Malcolm Bembridge told the PA news agency he had ordered a coronavirus test so it would be at his home when he arrives back to Birmingham from Almeria on Sunday.

He said: “If I do the test and it comes back negative, then does that mean I can resume work or do I need to self-isolate?”

But Baroness Harding, speaking to Times Radio, said: “Unfortunately, although we’d love it to be true that if you have a test today, we can be confident in saying you are not infectious and about to come down with disease, that’s not the way the virus works.

“A test today is only as good as saying you haven’t got the disease today.

“The incubation period can be quite a long time, which is why if you’ve been in a very high-risk environment – and right now the judgment of our scientists and clinicians is that Spain is a high-risk environment – we need you to isolate for 14 days because you might test negative today and test positive tomorrow or the next day, right up to the end of that 14-day period.”

Boris Johnson warns of second wave in virus spat with Spain .
Britain imposed a 14-day quarantine on everyone entering Britain from Spain, following a recent surge of cases in Spain. Norway has imposed similar conditions and French Prime Minister Jean Castex has "strongly recommended" that people avoid going to northeastern Spain, the worst-hit area. Germany has expressed "great concern" at the virus spike. © Photo: AFP / JORGE GUERRERO The coronavirus crisis dealt a major blow to Spain's tourism industry, which normally accounts for 12 percent of GDP.

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