Yesterday, Spain was removed from the Government’s list of “air bridge” countries after some regions of the country experienced a surge in coronavirus cases. Anyone returning from anywhere in Spain must now quarantine for two weeks. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is also advising against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain.
Spain recorded 280 new cases of coronavirus in just 24 hours on Friday.
The country ended its lockdown less than a month ago but has since seen spikes in cases after it opened its doors to international tourists.
The regions of Catalonia and Aragon have experienced the worst surges.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky’s Sophy Ridge this morning: “As we’ve found with Spain, we can’t give a guarantee.”
He added: “There is an element of uncertainty this summer if people go abroad.
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“I’m not going to tell people what they should or shouldn’t do. They should follow the advice.
“I’m going to be staying at home this summer.”
A Whitehall source said that travellers should be aware that advice can change at any time.
The source said: “There is a handbrake mechanism to immediately change advice … when the risk changes you have to act very quickly or you risk many more cases coming back to the UK and people unknowingly passing it on.”
But Spain is not the only country on the Government’s watch list after they have reportedly seen spikes in coronavirus over the last few days.
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France has witnessed a sudden spike in coronavirus cases after it reported 1,130 new cases on Saturday.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex warned of the possibility of France shutting down for a second time to fight the invisible disease.
He said a lockdown could not be ruled out as a “prevention”.
Mr Castex said: “What we must avoid above all is a general lockdown.
“Such a measure breaks the spread of the epidemic, certainly, but it is catastrophic on an economic and social level, including for the psychological health of some of our fellow citizens.”
At the time of writing, France has had 180,528 cases of coronavirus and over 30,000 deaths.
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Germany reported 815 new cases on Friday, compared to 583 the week before.
The country is experiencing new localised infections, according to German politician Michael Kretschmer.
He told the Rheinische Post newspaper: “The second wave of coronavirus is already here.”
Around 500 people were quarantined in Bavaria after 174 workers tested positive for the virus.
Germany has had over 206,000 cases of coronavirus, at the time of writing.
International travel post-lockdown
On Monday (July 20), there were 416 new cases of coronavirus cases were recorded in Belgium.
Infections rose by 89 percent, according got the EU Observer.
The country has announced that it will not be continuing into phase five of its easing of lockdown measures.
Italy has also seen a sudden spike in cases which could see lockdown measures reintroduced.
Rome and the region of Lazio have seen the biggest increase in cases.
Some regions have temporarily closed squares and other public areas.