Spain puts pressure on UK to rethink its quarantine policy – BBC News

The debate over quarantine measures for travellers to the UK has intensified with the Spanish government putting more pressure on Downing Street to rethink its policy on journeys to and from Spain.

The head of Heathrow Airport has called for a comprehensive testing system, to avoid the need for sudden quarantine measures. But ministers say that airport testing only identifies a small minority of those infected.

The UK government says there is no viable alternative to the 14-day quarantine period for travellers returning from Spain.

Spanish ministers have appealed again for the UK quarantine rules to be relaxed, especially for the Balearic and Canary Islands which are vital to Spain’s tourism industry and are currently reporting relatively low rates of infection.

The latest figures from Spain’s health ministry show just there were 8.35 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in the Balearic Islands in the past 7 days. The UK has been running at around twice that rate.

The recent recent spikes in coronavirus across Europe could be driven principally by young people according to the World Health Organisation. It says that several countries in Europe have seen a higher proportion of new cases among young people. Boris Johnson has said there are signs that a second wave of the pandemic is developing in some parts of Europe.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Gavin Lee in Spain and Science Editor David Shukman.

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  2. Who wants to go to the spain for a holiday after they try to freten to take our island back so stuff Spain and ban all travel to the eu dictators

  3. Good job UK! Thanks WHO for helping CCP Xi for covering the virus ad exports it to the world . Thank you all for not doing your part of not taking this seriously and make us the number one ☝️. All travelers from USA got same treatment?

  4. Mahirap nga po ang sitwasyon natin ..in my country Philippines,,the positive coronavirus patients are keep on increasing everyday..the authority is worried by overwhelming numbers.. most of us are wearing face masks…some people are not taking it seriously.. some of them are infected by co workers.. what should we do now?
    Vaccine is still far from reality

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