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UK Prime minister, Boris Johnson has warned there are signs of a "second wave" of coronavirus in Europe, as he defended a 14-day quarantine on travellers from Spain. The PM said the government had to be "swift" - and hinted at further action against other countries if necessary. The UK Foreign Office is advising against all non-essential travel to Spain including to the Balearic and Canary Islands. Spain has seen a recent rise in the number of Covid-19 infections in some areas, with 47 cases per 100,000 people over the last two weeks. The UK by comparison has 15 cases per 100,000. France has similar levels of disease, while Germany has fewer than 9 cases per 100,000 people. In the worst-hit parts of Spain, partial lockdowns are being reinstated. In the capital Madrid the authorities have announced the compulsory wearing of face masks. The impact of the latest restrictions on travel to and from Spain has led to calls for coronavirus testing for people arriving in the UK, instead of quarantine. The government says it's looking at a range of options. There are signs of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in parts of Europe according to Boris Johnson, who's been defending his government's handling of the crisis and the sudden imposition of quarantine on travellers from every part of Spain. Speaking during a visit to Nottinghamshire, PM Johnson said that the signs of second wave of covid 19 in Europe begins to show.
"Let's be absolutely clear about what's happening in Europe, amongst some of our European friends, I'm afraid you are starting to see in some places the signs of a second wave of the pandemic. And we all remember what happen last time its absolutely vital therefore we make the necessary preparation here in the UK" Prime Minister said.
The UK government decision to impose a 14-day quarantine on everyone arriving from Spain was "unjust", the country's prime minister has said. Pedro Sánchez said tourists in most Spanish regions would be safer from coronavirus than in the UK, and he was hoping Britain would rethink its move.
"Take the cannary island, the balearic, the regions of Valencia, Andalucia where there is I empashize a lower prevelence of the virus then in the UK" Prime minister Sanchez said
Meanwhile,Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon echoed UK PM Johnson's concerns, saying that they are currently seeing a worrying resurgence of Covid in European countries. She warned potential travellers not to assume quarantine measures would remain the same at the time of booking a holiday as when they returned.
"If you are in a position to have a holiday or want to take a holiday, the safest way of doing so is to stay here in Scotland. So you avoid the risk of foreign travel but you also an adding bonus helping the Scottish tourism industry as well" Prime Minister Sturgeon said.
The Department of Health said there had been a handful of suspected cases this month where a person had tested positive for the coronavirus after returning to the UK from Spain. But it added these were not a factor in evidence presented to ministers and that the decision to reintroduce a quarantine for arrivals from Spain was taken because of rising infection rates there//NK/BBC