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“The UK must protect itself from an apparent outbreak in Europe,” says Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended on Tuesday, the quarantine imposed on travellers arriving from Spain.

He said that the UK must protect itself against “the threat of a second outbreak” of coronavirus “in other parts of Europe”.

Johnson said that his government should act rapidly and conclusively when he sees that re-emerging risks are happening in parts of Europe where there may be signs of a second wave of the pandemic.

Johnson recently declared that people must decide whether they want to go abroad on holiday in these circumstances, but in any case, quarantine must be followed to avoid worsening the virus in the UK.

The chief executive acknowledged that his team “is always looking for ways to mitigate the impact of the quarantine.”

The UK Government currently imposes 14 days quarantine, under penalty of fines of up to 1,000 pounds on citizens arriving from Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, a measure criticized by the tourism sector, which condemns the lack of notice and calls for regional air corridors to be established in areas least affected by the virus.

The Johnson Executive weighs the request of the Spanish Government to create these corridors with the islands and even other regions of Spain that have a lower prevalence of the virus than there is in British territory.

On Monday, President Sánchez called the decision to enforce quarantine of people from Spain maladjustment, and pointed out that from the epidemiological point of view, that it is “safer” now in any of the Spanish communities that are most visited by the British, than in their own country.


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