UK quarantine can be only 10 days new London study shows

2020/07/28 10:23:47 Written by Canarian Weekly National

The British Government plans to reduce the period of quarantine from fourteen days to ten, that travellers from Spain and other countries with a high incidence of coronavirus must keep when they arrive in the United Kingdom, as reported by The Telegraph today.

British authorities are studying the possibility of carrying out a coronavirus test on travellers, eight days after their arrival in the United Kingdom.
If negative, they would be allowed to leave quarantine two days later, reducing the mandatory isolation period by four days.

"This measure would remove almost an entire week of work from the obligation to self-isolate and ministers are confident that it will help save the summer vacation season, for those who have already booked flights abroad," the newspaper said.

At the moment, the UK government advises against travelling to the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, in addition to mainland Spain, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, after the Spanish Executive asked it to exempt travellers from the islands from complying with quarantine.

According to The Telegraph, the decision to reintroduce quarantine was made after authorities informed the Government that 10 British citizens tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from a trip to Spain.

Although the number of daily positives for coronavirus still exceeds 700 in the UK, the authorities maintain that the "imported cases" are of "great statistical importance" when it comes to predicting future trends, so the Government "decided that it could not risk facing the return of millions of British tourists from Spain."