Government “can’t rule out” adding more countries to quarantine list


Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said he “could not rule out” that other countries could be included in the UK’s quarantine measures.Shapps made the comment to reporters on his way back to the UK after cutting short a family vacation in Spain.

This follows the UK government’s decision to require travelers from the country to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return to the UK following an increase in Covid-19 cases.

Any decision would be in place for those south of the border, with the Scottish government establishing its own quarantine measures.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made the comment to reporters as he returned to the UK after cutting short a family holiday in Spain

He said: “We absolutely have to act as soon as we get the information and that is exactly what happened with Spain, as we have seen and as we have seen over the weekend. where there were over 6,100 cases – the highest since the March peak there. .

“It was the right thing to do and that’s why the whole UK did it at the same time.

“So I cannot rule out that other countries must also enter quarantine. ”

Shapps said he can understand the frustrations of those affected by the measures, although he insisted it was “essential” for the government to act when it did.

Grant Shapps returns from vacation to Spain

He said: ‘I understand very well (the frustrations) this has obviously had an impact on me and my family and I am very, very sorry and upset for the thousands of Brits who are absent or who may not have not even managed to do it. also go this summer to Spain.

“But it’s absolutely critical that we acted when we did, which is why the four nations of the UK acted together and the numbers since have proven to justify that action.

“We need to, I think, have a clear message and make sure that we act by adding entire countries to this list for now. “

The transport secretary also explained that the exclusion of certain Spanish islands from the measures taken by the British government had been considered.

He said: “We checked whether some islands could be included (on the list) and others not.

“Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, was very clear with us that he was concerned about the data, we had seen how the data had progressed very quickly in Spain in 20, 48 hours, it had increased by 75%.

“He had doubled in a few days. He was concerned to see what was happening in the islands and that is why we are making it a country wide approach in these areas. “


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