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UK's Johnson defends latest travel advice for Spain

Last week, Britain changed its travel advice for the whole of Spain, and said all non-essential travel to the country should be avoided.
28.07.2020 - 15:06

The British premier on Tuesday warned “the signs of a second wave” of the coronavirus are appearing in some European countries.

Speaking to Sky News during a visit to Nottingham, Boris Johnson said his government’s job is to take measures when they see those signs.


“What we have to do is take swift and decisive action where we think that the risks are starting to bubble up again,” Johnson said, defending his government’s decision of a blanket quarantine introduced to all those arriving from Spain.

“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,” Johnson said.

Johnson’s remarks came after Spanish premier Pedro Sanchez criticized British government’s travel warning to Spain, saying the UK's recent decision to enforce quarantines on all Spanish arrivals "disproportionate.”

The UK has removed Spain from its list of countries from which those arriving are exempt from two-week-long quarantine after entering the country.