Coronavirus: Boris Johnson warns there are signs of second wave in Europe

Boris Johnson has warned the signs of a “second wave” of coronavirus are surfacing in Europe, as he defended changing travel advice on Spain.

The prime minister backed the decision taken over the weekend to tell any travellers returning from Spain to the UK to quarantine for 14 days.

“What we have to do is take swift and decisive action where we think that the risks are starting to bubble up again,” he said on a visit to Nottingham on Tuesday.

“Let’s be absolutely clear about what’s happening in Europe: Amongst some of our European friends, I’m afraid you are starting to see in some places the signs of a second wave of the pandemic.”

The UK government which has authority over health powers in England, and devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland changed position given fears of rising case numbers in some regions of Spain.

Ministers have also updated travel advice to urge people not to visit both mainland Spain and the Balearic and Canary islands.

Mr Johnson did not deny a report in the Telegraph overnight that the government is looking at cutting how long anyone arriving in the UK will have to quarantine from 14 to 10 days.

“We are always looking at ways in which we can mitigate the impact of the quarantine, try to help people, try to make sure that the science is working to help travellers and holidaymakers,” he said.

“At the moment you have got to stick with the guidance that we are giving, we have given the guidance now about Spain and about some other places around the world.

“I’m afraid if we do see signs of a second wave in other countries it is really our job, our duty, to act swiftly and decisively to stop … travellers coming back from those places seeding the disease here in the UK.”

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