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UK News More countries could be added to quarantine list 'straight away'

12:51  29 july  2020
12:51  29 july  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

Five more countries made exempt from England's travel quarantine

  Five more countries made exempt from England's travel quarantine The government has announced travel corridors for five more countries, meaning they will be exempt from the coronavirus quarantine. © Getty From Tuesday, people returning to England from Estonia won't have to isolate on their return From Tuesday, people returning to England from Estonia, Latvia, Slovakia, Slovenia and St Vincent and the Grenadines will no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days.More than 70 countries and territories were included in the first wave of travel corridors, which came into effect earlier this month.

But where else might be added to the quarantine list sometime soon? So it's fair to say other countries could go back on the quarantine list . You can see the evidence of where spikes are happening Sign up to our newsletter to get more articles like this delivered straight to your inbox.

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The UK government is poised to put more countries on its quarantine list "straight away" if coronavirus runs "out of control" in them.

a group of people standing in a room: Travellers visiting Spain were unexpectedly hit by quarantine measures over the weekend © Getty Travellers visiting Spain were unexpectedly hit by quarantine measures over the weekend

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told Sky News more announcements could follow the decision to advise against all non-essential trips to Spain over the weekend due to fears over rising levels of COVID-19.

English holidaymakers set to be told to self-isolate upon return from Spain

  English holidaymakers set to be told to self-isolate upon return from Spain Ministers are expected to make an announcement on removal of the travel corridor after a spike in Covid-19 cases.The decision means those coming back from Spain will have to self-isolate for two weeks upon their return to England.

Health Minister Helen Whately today risked adding to the growing uncertainty over whether people should book foreign holidays as she suggested that ultimately She also made clear that the Government could reimpose quarantine on other countries if there is a surge in coronavirus cases.

Which countries could be added to the quarantine travel list next? Which countries might you Holidaymakers have been warned more countries could be added to the UK's quarantine listAP. The prime minister has insisted his government was right to remove Spain from a list of countries

"It would be foolhardy of the government not to impose those restrictions if we think there is a risk and we will impose those restrictions as soon as we think the risk has materialised," he said.

"We cannot risk importing it again from other countries where incidences are rising."

Mr Dowden added the decision to announce any new restrictions will be taken after an assessment by the Joint Biosecurity Centre - set up at the start of the outbreak - and England's chief medical officer.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Oliver Dowden said 'we are at a very risky moment with this pandemic' © Sky News Screen Grab Oliver Dowden said 'we are at a very risky moment with this pandemic'

"We are at a very risky moment with this pandemic," he said.

"So long as you're aware of that risk and comfortable with that risk, go ahead and take your break."

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  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.

Here, the current list of countries and territories limiting entry. Most foreign nationals, except for those arriving from the United States for essential travel, are barred from The list of countries and additional requirements for quarantine and testing were posted on the Japanese National Tourism

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But he added: "If we know that risk is there we will impose those restrictions straight away."

Belgium, Luxembourg and Croatia are reported in the Telegraph to be being looked at by ministers given the rates of coronavirus there.

Mr Dowden would not say which countries could be next on the quarantine list, but confirmed those where the virus is "rising rapidly" and there is a "risk" of Britons "coming back in numbers" from are of most concern.

Madrid has been lobbying for the UK to make regional exemptions for travellers from areas with much lower levels of coronavirus - such as the Balearics and Canaries.

A minister revealed on Tuesday the plan is under consideration but cautioned "we are not there yet".

Jose Ramon Bauza, a former president of the Balearic islands, said he "doesn't understand the decision of the British government" to change its travel advice on Spain.

"Of course we had some vacuums of coronavirus in Spain but most of the regions are absolutely low numbers, including better than Britain," he told Sky News.

"I can assure you that being here in the Balearics is absolutely safe - it's as safe as any other place in Europe."

Travel firms have been hit hard by the UK's decision, with Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary calling it a "badly-managed overreaction" and TUI extending holiday cancellations until 4 August.

Heathrow demands end to ‘quarantine roulette’ after pre-tax loss of £1.1bn .
The airport’s passenger numbers were down 96% year on year between April and June. It made a pre-tax loss of £1.1 billion in the first six months of 2020, down from a £7 million profit in the same period a year ago.This came on revenue of £712 million, around half of 2019’s levels.Mr Holland-Kaye said: “Today’s results should serve as a clarion call for the Government – the UK needs a passenger testing regime and fast. Without it, Britain is just playing a game of quarantine roulette.“As many of our customers have experienced, it’s difficult to plan a holiday that way, let alone run a business.

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