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Spain is safe says minister as UK imposes quarantine

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 27, 2020
In the wake of a surprise announcement by the British government Saturday night that all arrivals from Spain must quarantine for two weeks as of Sunday, Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya insisted that Spain is a safe destination.
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“Just like other European countries, Spain is having outbreaks. It is not unusual. Spain is putting a lot of work into controlling the outbreaks. We are working to detect the cases, trace the contacts and isolate people. That is the case of the three worst outbreaks in Barcelona, Lleida and Zaragoza. I want to insist that all three are under control,” Laya told the media on Sunday.

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“Spain is safe. It is safe for Spaniards, it is safe for tourists,” she said.

The most recent data from the Spanish Health Ministry shows infections are climbing rapidly in Spain and top epidemiologists say it could be the beginning of a second wave.

On Friday, Norway announced a two week quarantine for Spanish arrivals. Belgian and French authorities recently issued warnings against travel to parts of the country with the biggest outbreaks.

The British Foreign Office likewise advised against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain, but excluded the Canary and Balearic islands from the warning.

Laya said the Spanish government is currently pushing the UK to remove the Canary and Balearic islands from the quarantine list as well, as the infection rate on the islands is far below that of the UK.

May 1, 2020