Spain And US Could Be Added To UK ‘Red List’

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SPAIN and the US could be the next countries added to the UK ‘red list’ requiring hotel quarantine

As Covid numbers are improving around the globe, and both Spanish and UK government officials are starting to give hope that summer holidays may not be cancelled after all, the Cabinet Covid Operations Committee is said to be considering adding arrivals from the United States and Spain to the ‘red list’ as experts.

If this happens, it will mean that all passengers arriving from these countries will be forced to quarantine in a government-approved hotel for ten days, at a personal cost of £1,750 per person.

The Daily Telegraph reports that a Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “If more countries are added to the ‘red list’, and passenger numbers from ‘red list’ countries start to increase, then we are prepared to put in place managed quarantine facilities at the required airports.

“We are monitoring the situation closely, and have extensive contingency plans dependent on the changing situation.”

Ministers are set to meet next week and examine the data of infections from both the US and Spain before making a decision on whether they need to be added to the quarantine list.

If approved, the move will be a devastating blow to sun-starved Brits who traditionally flock to Spain during the summer months, many to second homes here. Tourism bosses have warned that the current measures, requiring expensive PCR tests on top of the price of a holiday, is devastating the travel industry; how many people will be willing to travel if they have to fork out an additional £1,750 and spend almost two weeks in hotel quarantine?


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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.


    • Naimah Yianni

      18 February 2021 • 10:41

      Quite ridiculous. especially when the PCR process cannot be used to determine if someone is infectious. We should not be using PCR for this at all, as stated by the person who invented it. I don´t understand why the whole world is still using it and nobody is investigating why……….

      • Ethel

        18 February 2021 • 19:05

        Couldn’t agree more….. it’s a total scam…a test that finds dead virus cells from any old virus…. it’s time that people woke up…!

    • John

      18 February 2021 • 19:31

      There are numerous anomalies with how governments are dealing with covid. Wearing masks outside is the best example – almost completely pointless and countries like Spain that have insisted on it have been no better off than those that don’t. No medical experts will back it as making any significant impact, yet because they have to be seen to be doing something, they come up with outdoor muzzles and everyone obediently puts them on for no reason and walk around like sheepish fools. Quarantine restrictions costing such a ludicrous amount for travellers would be a death knell for the industry if applied to Spain during the summer.

    • philip bethell

      18 February 2021 • 22:33

      Another attempt by the Goverment to lock us all up about time we got rid of these clowns everyone else covid cases dropping and most of us will have been vacinated and now they want to keep us confined talk about closing the stable door

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