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Other nations might be added to quarantine travel restrictions, Shapps hints

Other nations might be added to quarantine travel restrictions, Shapps hints
The Transport Secretary has hinted that other countries could be added to the UK’s quarantine measures amid growing concerns that Europe is seeing a second wave of coronavirus.  Grant Shapps told reporters that he ‘cannot rule out’ other countries being included in the UK’s quarantine measures, as he returned to the UK having cut short…

The Transport Secretary has actually hinted that other nations might be added to the UK’s quarantine steps in the middle of growing issues that Europe is seeing a 2nd wave of coronavirus.

Grant Shapps told reporters that he ‘can not dismiss’ other nations being included in the UK’s quarantine measures, as he returned to the UK having cut short a household holiday to Spain.

It follows the UK Federal government’s decision to require arrivals from the country to isolate for 14 days on following an increase in Covid-19 cases.

Mr Shapps will now require to separate as a result of the new limitations. He stated: ‘We absolutely have to act the moment we get the information and that’s precisely what occurred with Spain as we saw and as we’ve seen over the weekend where there was over 6,100 cases– the highest given that the peak in March there.

‘ It was the best thing to do and it’s why the entire of the UK did (it) at the very same time.

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‘ I can’t therefore rule out other nations needing to go into the quarantine too.’

His comments come in the middle of reports that Belgium, Luxembourg and Croatia are being closely kept track of by the Government, while France and Germany were likewise touted as possible quarantine candidates earlier in the week.

Mr Shapps stated he could comprehend the frustrations of those affected by the measures, although he insisted that it was ‘vital’ that the Government acted when it did.

Some travel companies, consisting of Tui and Jet2, have currently revealed that flights to locations in Spain will be suspended into August.

Mr Shapps said: ‘I quite comprehend (the aggravations), it clearly had an influence on me and my household and I’m really, really sorry and upset for the thousands of Brits who are either away or maybe even haven’t handled to disappear this summer season too to Spain.

‘ But it’s absolutely important we acted when we did, it’s why all four countries of the UK acted together and the figures considering that have ended up to validate that action.

‘ We have to, I believe, have a clear message and ensure that we act by adding entire nations to that list for the time being.’

The Transportation Secretary likewise described that the exclusion of certain Spanish islands from the steps taken by the UK Government had actually been thought about.

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Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez described the restrictions brought in by the UK as an ‘mistake’, with Madrid having actually advised the UK to exclude the Canaries and Balearics from its quarantine requirements.

Mr Shapps said: ‘We did take a look at whether specific islands could be consisted of (on the list) and not others.

‘ Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer, was really clear with us that he was concerned about the data, we ‘d seen how the information had actually come really fast forward in Spain in 20, 48 hours, it had actually gone up by 75%.

‘ It had actually doubled in simply a few days. He was worried to see what was happening in the islands and that’s why we make it a whole-country approach in these things.’

Leaders from the UK’s air travel, travel and tourism industries have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling for targeted regional travel corridors and the advancement of Covid-19 screening.

In a letter seen by the PA news firm, managers at companies including British Airways, Airlines UK, Jet2 and Heathrow Airport informed Mr Johnson the intro of quarantine steps for Spain represents ‘the most recent significant blow to a sector which now risks being completely scarred’.

They stated local travel corridors would be a ‘clear method forward’ and represent a ‘more nuanced method to quarantine’.

Bosses also said that Covid-19 testing has the potential to be a ‘game-changing extra tool’ for authorities to safely open up travel without quarantine from nations or areas deemed higher danger, such as the United States.

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