FEARS are growing that France and Germany could join Spain on the UK’s quarantine list after a spike in coronavirus cases.
Thousands of tourists were ordered on Saturday to self-isolate for 14 days on their return from Spain or face a £1,000 fine after Covid-19 cases in the country rose to more than 1,000 a day.
And Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky that air bridges are not a guarantee following the reversal for Spain.
It comes as Shropshire has seen a new coronavirus outbreak in a caravan park, with 21 people testing positive for the deadly bug.
All residents who have come into contact with one of the positive cases have been asked to self isolate.
And the council fears the number of cases at the site will continue to rise before control measures start to take effect.
Testing started when two positive cases were confirmed at Craven Arms, a market town in Shropshire, last week.
Meanwhile, the latest coronavirus death toll in the UK stands at 45,752.
And in other news, a pet cat has tested positive for coronavirus, according to government officials.
Follow all the latest coronavirus news and updates below…
SPANISH ISLES MAY DODGE QUARANTINE
SPAIN’S CURRENT ISOLATION RULES
FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE
14 DAY QUARANTINE
RAAB: ‘WE CAN’T GUARANTEE AIR BRIDGES’
The Foreign Secretary told Sky’s Sophy Ridge yesterday following a U-turn on air bridges to Spain: “As we’ve found with Spain, we can’t give a guarantee.”
Mr Raab added: “There is an element of uncertainty this summer if people go abroad.
“I’m not going to tell people what they should or shouldn’t do. They should follow the advice.”
CASES JUMP ACROSS EUROPE
France saw 1,130 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, while Italy daily cases jumped from 128 to 306 last week. Greece has seen coronavirus cases also rise since international tourists returned from July 1.
RISING CASES IN POPULAR HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS
BRITS CANCEL EUROPE HOLS
Panicked Brits have been cancelling flights to France, Spain and Portugal as they are forced to isolate on their return.
On Saturday the government issued an effective travel ban on Spain – with all Brits forced to quarantine for two weeks when returning to the UK – sparking families to cancel trips to Spain as well as France, Italy and Greece due to fears of similar last-minute quarantine restrictions being introduced.
Paul Charles, founder of the travel PR consultancy firm PC Agency, told The Times: “People are cancelling not just Spain but other short-haul bookings.
“We’ve heard of lots of cancellations for holidays to France, Italy and Greece.”
BRITS IN COSTA BLANCA COULD BE TRAPPED IN LOCAL LOCKDOWNS
Brits holidaying on the Costa Blanca have been warned that they could get trapped in local lockdowns which would stop them getting back to the UK.
Thousands more people have been threatened with lockdown in south-east Spain unless the health situation improves in the next 48-72 hours.
The town of Totana, Murcia was locked down after more than 50 people tested positive for coronavirus at the Dubai pub.
People are only allowed to the leave the town if their trip is “absolutely necessary”, according to health minister Manuel Villegas.
Gatherings with family and friends are limited to a maximum of 10 people and restaurants are only permitted to open at 50 per cent capacity, reported the Olive Press.
Read the full report on that here.
BENIDORM PLEADING TO BE LEFT OUT OF QUARANTINE AREA
Benidorm is pleading to be left out of the UK’s new 14-day quarantine rule for Brits returning home to the UK from Spain.
The area, a massive favourite with British tourists, says its number one priority at the moment is to campaign for the order to be lifted.
The mayor of Benidorm, Toni Pérez, said: “”The British tourist is essential for the recovery and maintenance of a tourist activity that is developing as planned from Benidorm, since the rate of reservations, due to the projection of the destination and the confidence generated in the British market was on the rise.
“Benidorm has worked very hard from minute one of this situation to develop protocols and security measures for residents and tourists”, he added.
WILL MY TRAVEL INSURANCE COVER MY HOLIDAY TO SPAIN?
The Sun spoke to Malcolm Tarling earlier from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) to find out what the new quarantine rules means for your travel insurance.
He said: “If you’re stuck in Spain at the moment and not coming back immediately, your travel policy will continue to cover you in the usual way if you lose possessions or need emergency care.
“If you’re going to Spain regardless of the latest government advice, then it will invalidate any insurance policy you had taken out for the trip.
“Holidaymakers are entitled to a refund in full if trips have been cancelled due to FCO advice, but not if you booked separately.
“If you make arrangements to defer or change the destination of your trip then you can normally transfer your travel insurance.
Mr Tarling added: “Many policies will cover you for cancellation if the government advice changes to all but essential travel, as long as the policy was purchase before the latest guidance was issued.
“But more recently, insurers have been adding Covid-19 exclusions for known risks that be taken when you book a holiday so you might not actually be covered.”
Check out our full write up on the dos and donts here.
AIRLINE SHARES TUMBLE
Britain’s surprise move to quarantine passengers arriving from Spain dealt a heavy blow to shares of European airlines.
EasyJet shares were down 7.7% at 3pm, with British Airways parent IAG lost 6.1%, Lufthansa 5.3%, Air France-KLM 5% and Ryanair 4%.
It comes as Ryanair Group Chief Executive Michael O’Leary called the UK measures “a badly managed over-reaction” as he unveiled a €185 million quarterly loss along with a more downbeat recovery outlook.
POLICE CHIEF UNSURE HOW BRITS WILL RESPOND TO QUARANTINE
The Chairman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has said it is “difficult to understand how people will respond” to the new mandatory quarantine for arrivals from Spain into the UK.
“You would hope that people would come back and be responsible,” he said.
“I would hope they would be, but we will be in a position to carry out the role that we have in this, which is a secondary role to both the border force and Public Health England, as we are required to do so.
“But I guess time will tell how that plays through.”
He added it was “not inconceivable that this could happen with other countries as we move forward, and I think the Government has made clear about that as well, so we will monitor that and work through the process.”
‘WE’LL PAY FOR TESTS’, SPANISH HOTELS SAY
Spain’s hard-hit hotels have promised to pay for foreign tourists to take coronavirus tests in an effort to lure visitors back to the sunny paradise after the UK government imposed a mandatory quarantine for arrivals.
“Not only is it unjust but it’s also totally illogical and lacking in rigour,” Spain’s main hotel association CEHAT said of the quarantine.
In a social media post, CEHAT president Jorge Marichal said they were prepared to “bear the cost” of ramping up testing were it to result in more tourism.
“Are there not smarter, technological ways to face this situation in a more focused way?” said Emilio Gallego, of Spain’s Hospitality Industry Association, which represents the country’s bars and restaurants which represents the country’s bars and restaurants.
INCREASE OF 685 CASES
A total of 300,111 people have now tested positive for Covid-19 across Britain – up 685 cases from yesterday.
The number of people who were recorded to have died with the deadly virus in the past 24 hours is even lower than it was yesterday, when 14 more deaths were reported.
For the 11th day in a row, there were no new deaths recorded in Scotland.
There were also no new deaths in Wales.
BREAKING: UK CORONAVIRUS DEATH TOLL RISES BY SEVEN
The UK coronavirus death toll has risen by seven to 45,759 in lowest increase since outbreak began.
It marks the first time that the rise has been in single figures.
More to follow.
BRITS URGED TO IMPROVE PERSONAL HYGIENE BY MINISTER
Brits must improve their personal hygiene to help combat the spread of coronavirus, a health minister has said.
The House of Lords was told the Government believes the “greatest challenge” is to “change the behaviours of the British public”.
Lord Bethell added “work needs to be done” to persuade everyone to wash their hands more often and be cleaner generally.
“Our view is the greatest challenge is to change the behaviours of the British public and work still needs to be done to persuade all of us to wash our hands more and maintain cleaner personal hygiene”, the Lord said.
SNP URGED TO STOP SELLING FACE MASKS WITH PARTY LOGO ON THEM
SNP bosses are being urged to stop selling face masks branded with the party’s logo.
Scottish Conservative deputy leader Annie Wells called the move a “tasteless venture” – saying by selling the items the party was profiting from a public health measure brought in by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Ms Wells has now written to SNP chief executive Peter Murrell – who is also Ms Sturgeon’s husband.
She urged him to stop sales of the face coverings immediately, and also donate the proceeds of any sales already made to “causes fighting coronavirus”.
All of the patients who passed away were aged between 48 and 93 years old, and all had known underlying health conditions.
Here is a regional breakdown of those ten fatalities recorded by NHS England in the past 24 hours.
BREAKING: 10 MORE DEATHS IN ENGLISH HOSPITALS
A further 10 people who tested positive for the Coronavirus have died in English hospitals.
This brings the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,291.
More to follow shortly.
KHAN SAYS DEATH OF BUS DRIVERS FROM COVID IS ‘DEEPLY PERSONAL’
Sadiq Khan has described the deaths of London bus drivers during the Covid-19 pandemic as “deeply personal”.
It comes after an independent review suggested that an earlier lockdown could have saved the lives of bus drivers in London – who were disproportionately affected by the virus and had a mortality rate 3.5 times higher than men in different jobs.
The London mayor thought of his father Amanullah as he sought to reassure the public that “every possible measure” is being taken to protect frontline staff.
He said: “As the son of a bus driver, this is deeply personal.”
BARCA ARCHBISHOP IN TROUBLE OVER MASS
The head of Catalonia’s regional government says the Archbishop of Barcelona is being placed under investigation for possibly breaking hygiene rules by holding an unauthorised Mass.
Cardinal Juan Jose Omella held a service on Sunday at Antoni Gaudis La Sagrada Familia Basilica in memory of victims of the coronavirus.
The region has implemented tight restrictions on gatherings as it tries to stem a growing outbreak of coronavirus – with 113 new cases recorded on Saturday.
TRAVELLERS REACT TO QUARANTINE
Brit tourists have been left furious today following the government’s announcement of a mandatory 14-day quarantine for arrivals from Spain.
Joe Allen, a TV producer from London who visited Madrid and returned on Sunday, told PA: “We waited for the appropriate time and I specifically waited for the quarantine to have been lifted from Spain, and I absolutely wouldn’t have gone with a quarantine.
“We all sort of resigned ourselves in fact pretty quickly that there was nothing we could do about it, we just have to follow the rules and we get that, but I think we’re all frustrated.”
Laura Wood, 41, from Oxfordshire, flew from Gatwick to Spain’s Costa Blanca with her family for a two-week holiday, also returning on Sunday.
She said: “It was a bit of a last-minute disappointment to the end of the holiday but we’re going to get on with it. There has to be a cut-off, I guess, and we were just on the unlucky side of it.”
“It was a different type of holiday than we’ve had, you don’t kind of expect to be walking along the seafront wearing a mask in 30-degree heat,” she added.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has extended a nationwide curfew for another 30 days and banned alcohol sales in restaurants to curb the spread of coronavirus.
The nightly curfew had been due to be lifted on August 6 or 7.
The country has so far reported 17,603 cases of the virus and 280 deaths.
“The harsh reality my friends is that we are at war. At war with an invisible enemy who is relentless,” Kenyatta said in a televised address.
DOWNING ST: TAKE WORKER DISPUTES ON QUARANTINE TO ACAS
Downing Street said workers who lose their jobs because they are quarantining after returning from Spain could appeal to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “There are existing systems in place should a dispute occur between an employer and employee and that is the employee can take that dispute to Acas for settlement.”
CAN PETS CATCH CORONAVIRUS?
Pet lovers everywhere will be concerned today as to whether their dogs and cats may be vulnerable to the bug.
There has been a lot of confusion over whether pets can catch or carry coronavirus.
In March 2020, IDEXX Laboratories Inc in the US evaluated thousands of canine and feline specimens during validation of a new veterinary test system for Covid-19.
The lab reported that its results showed it was passed “person-to-person”.
However, several dogs and a cat tested positive for Covid-19 following close contact with infected humans, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health.
On April 5, it was revealed a Malayan tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo tested positive for the virus in what has been called the “first case of its kind”.
‘NO RISK OF TRANSMISSION FROM CAT TO HUMAN’
A veterinary expert has assured the public there is “no evidence” to suggest that the coronavirus disease can transmit from a cat to a human – after the first feline in the UK tested positive earlier today.
Professor William Weir of the University of Glasgow’s School of Veterinary Medicine, said: “The factors that govern why one species is susceptible to the Covid-19 virus while others are more resistant are currently unknown, but will likely reveal more about how this virus spreads and causes disease.
“At present, there is no evidence that cats, dogs or other domestic animals play any role in the epidemiology of human infections with (Covid-19).”
He said cats and dogs with reported infections usually recover and there has been no evidence of transmission occurring between cats or dogs.