Fears that France and Germany could join Spain on UK quarantine list over summer vacation blow to millions after virus spike

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Fear is growing that France and Germany will join Spain on the UK’s quarantine list after a spike in coronavirus cases.

Last night, thousands of tourists were ordered to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return from Spain or face a £ 1,000 fine after cases of Covid-19 in the country were increased to over 1000 per day.

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Passengers present their tickets at the entrance to Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat AirportCredit: Reuters
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Speaking yesterday, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab warned that more countries could still be taken off the UK’s safe travel list.

He said there remained a possibility that people would have to cancel their vacations at the last moment, adding that he would not be going overseas at all this summer.

The government security list still includes around 70 destinations, but analysis by the Daily Telegraph found that a majority, like Spain, had seen peaks in coronavirus cases over the past week.

Government officials in France and Germany warned over the weekend that further lockdowns may be needed to prevent further outbreaks.

The warnings come after the government announced last night that anyone arriving in the UK from Spain after midnight would face two weeks of isolation after an increase in cases there.

The British criticized the policy which, without warning, would change overnight.

But Mr Raab told Sky’s Sophy Ridge yesterday: “As we have seen with Spain, we cannot give guarantees. ”

Mr Raab added: “There is an element of uncertainty this summer if people are going abroad.

“I’m not going to tell people what they should or shouldn’t do.” They should follow the advice.

Which countries are on the UK travel corridor list?

Akrotiri et Dhekelia

Andorra

Anguilla

Antigua and Barbuda

Aruba

Australia

Austria

Bahamas

Barbados

Belgium

Bermuda

Bonaire, Saint-Eustache and Saba

British Antarctic Territory

British Indian Ocean Territory

British Virgin Islands

Cayman Islands

the Channel Islands

Croatia

Curacao

Cyprus

Czech republic

Denmark

Dominique

the falkland islands

Faroe Islands

Fiji

Finland

France

French Polynesia

Gibraltar

Germany

Greece

Greenland

Grenade

Guadeloupe

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Isle of Man

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Macau (Macau)

Malta

Mauritius

Monaco

Montserrat

The Netherlands

New Caledonia

New Zealand

Norway

Îles Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie et Oeno

Poland

Meeting

San Marino

Seychelles

South Korea

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands

St Barthélemy

Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha

St Kitts and Nevis

St. LUCIA

St Pierre and Miquelon

Suisse

Taiwan

Trinidad and Tobago

turkey

Turks and Caicos Islands

Vatican City State

Vietnam

People will have to self-isolate for 2 weeks when they return from Spain from today4
People will have to self-isolate for 2 weeks when they return from Spain from todayCredit: Reuters

“I will be staying at home this summer. ”

The World Health Organization on Friday reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases, the total rising to 284,196 in 24 hours.

India has reported more than 49,000 new cases of the coronavirus and France has also seen its number soar.

The Australian state of Victoria has recorded 10 deaths overnight from Covid-19, its highest daily toll amid a continuing rise in cases.

German health authorities have warned that the infection rate is also increasing.

Mr Raab said the 14-day quarantine for travelers returning from Spain was “absolutely necessary” to avoid huge virus spikes in the UK and possibly a second lockdown.

The Foreign Minister stressed that the government had acted “as quickly as possible” to take decisive action to prevent the virus from spreading again in the country.

However, cases were already on the rise last Monday – and The Sun warned the British were being quarantined days ago.

He urged anyone in Spain or considering to go contact their travel insurance provider and find out what to do.

And he stressed that employers should be “flexible” if an employee has to stay home and self-quarantine for 2 weeks upon returning from a break.

But people can receive statutory sick pay rather than full pay.

Mr Raab said: “Employers have to obey the law and I don’t think you can fire or punish people. ”

He said that the fact that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was in Spain and that he would also have to isolate himself on his return “shows you the risks for everyone”.

Labor’s Jon Ashworth criticized the last-minute decision as “absolutely shambolic”.

He told the same program, “I understand why they made the decision, but the way that decision was made over the past 24 hours is downright chaotic. ”

He said the government has not gone far enough to protect people who may have problems at work because of the new policy: “The government is just saying ‘oh, we hope employers are cooperating’.

“Well, to be frank, I hope I win the lottery on Saturday, that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. We need clarity from the government now on whether those who are asked to quarantine, whether they will receive financial support if their employers deny them. ”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps organized a video call tonight with British airlines and our Ambassador in Madrid to plan how to get the British home.

He said there would be “close coordination to help British nationals return from Spain”, adding: “We will all have to quarantine ourselves for 14 days on arrival”.

Dominic Raab said today that he could not guarantee that more countries would not be added to the list of dangerous countries4
Dominic Raab said today that he could not guarantee that more countries would not be added to the list of dangerous countries

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