Spain could be taken off safe travel list within days as Covid surges

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Spain could be taken off safe travel list within days as Covid surges

A surge in cases of coronavirus means Spain could be removed from the UK’s green list of travel safe countries meaning anyone who goes there will need to quarantine for 14 days when they return.

Cases of Covid-19 has tripled since lockdown was lifted in the country and Brits retired for their summer holidays.

On Monday, Spain recorded 4,581 new cases from the weekend period – a sharp rise in infections, reports The Mirror.

A decision to blacklist Spain could be made by the UK Government within days, reports The Sun.

Earlier this month, Downing Street released a list of 76 countries and territories from which people arriving into England will no longer need to self-isolate for 14 days.

Though only 25 countries on the list would allow Brits to enter unrestricted.

The list included popular destinations such as Spain, Germany, France and Italy.

Next week, the Government is reportedly set to switch from its three week reviews of travel corridors to a rolling system in which regular updates on each country are announced.

A source told The Sun: “Instead of big reviews every three weeks, we will look for a system where countries come on and off as and when we see spikes or drops in cases.”

Portugal, meanwhile, absent from the original safe list, is set to now be included after seeing just 135 new cases.

It comes after eight hotel workers tested positive for Covid-19 on the Spanish holiday islands of Formentera and Menorca.

Five people have been quarantined in Formentera after tests confirmed they had coronavirus.

The Balearic Islands currently has 14 active outbreaks of coronavirus, with just over 70 people affected. None are said to be serious.

Formentera can only be reached by boat from Ibiza.

It was one of four islands given a head-start on the Spanish mainland when it began to ease lockdown restrictions during Spain’s state of emergency because of the better health situation there. The other three were in the Canary Islands.

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