Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued a warning to Britons over a second coronavirus wave reaching the country from Europe while defending his Government’s decision to impose a 14-day quarantine on people returning from Spain.
Mr Johnson pointed to signs of a second wave of coronavirus in Europe while defended the Government’s decision to impose quarantine restrictions on Spain. “What we have to do is take swift and decisive action where we think that the risks are starting to bubble up again.
“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,” he said.
The Prime Minister said it was up to individuals to decide whether they wanted to take the risk of going abroad in the present circumstance or not.
“These are decisions for families, for individuals, about where they want to go. It’s vital that when people are coming back from abroad if they are coming back from a place where I’m afraid there is another outbreak, they must go into quarantine.
“That’s why we have taken the action that we have and we will continue, throughout the summer, to take such action where it is necessary.”
Asked about reports the 14-day quarantine period could be reduced, Boris Johnson said: “We are always looking at ways in which we can mitigate the impact of the quarantine, try to help people, try to make sure that the science is working to help travellers and holidaymakers.
“At the moment you have got to stick with the guidance that we are giving, we have given the guidance now about Spain and about some other places around the world.
“I’m afraid if we do see signs of a second wave in other countries it is really our job, our duty, to act swiftly and decisively to stop … travellers coming back from those places seeding the disease here in the UK.”
While speaking about lockdown in Leicester, he said: “I have every sympathy for local leaders who want their area out of lockdown, I can understand their instincts.
“But we have to look at the big picture, we have to look at the national situation and, of course, we need to look at the health of the people of Leicester as well.
“They’ve been making a great effort to get the incidents down, the review is going on in the course of the next few days as you know, let’s hope we can make progress there.
“But the priority, and I think the mayor (Peter Soulsby) and local MPs would agree with this, the priority has got to be people’s health and getting the disease under control.
“Particularly now as we can see what’s happening amongst some of our European friends, where they’ve got it starting to bubble up again.”
It comes as ministers were told to get a grip on summer holiday “confusion” after the Balearic and Canary islands were added to the list of places where only essential travel should take place.