Spain urges UK to put some regions on safe travel list

Elias Hubbard
August 1, 2020

"I think the situation is under control but obviously there is a risk as in the rest of the European Union and other countries in the world", Planas said, pointing out that Spain was not the only country witnessing a rebound in cases after lifting a lockdown.

The move to scrap the so-called travel corridor with Spain, which came following a spike in cases in the country, has caused chaos for airlines and the travel industry at the peak of the summer holiday season.

Going against the grain, Spain's chief epidemiologist Fernando Simon said in a press conference on Monday that the moves by countries like the United Kingdom to limit travel to Spain "benefits us in a certain way", as it reduces the risk of importing the novel coronavirus to Spain.

Johnson added that there could be further changes to travel advice down the line affecting all of Europe.

To make matters worse for the industry, the German and Dutch foreign ministries have also advised their nationals against traveling to the worst-affected regions in Spain - Catalonia, Aragon and Navarra.

Spain is trying to persuade the UK Government to put some Spanish regions on its safe travel list. The Spanish government said it will bring forward a more targeted approach to the quarantine. She said young people "have it in their hands to reverse the trend".

Lothar Wieler, the head of the Robert Koch Institute, said developments over the past two weeks are "really very worrying".

Wieler urged his country's citizens not to let their guard down and to stick to social distancing, hygiene and mask-wearing rules that "must never be questioned", after new studies showed that people have become more complacent about COVID-19.

"We don't know if this is the beginning of a second wave, but of course it could be". "If we all keep to these rules, I am still optimistic that we can prevent this".

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