Coronavirus UK latest news: Spain back on quarantine list after Covid-19 outbreak as deaths hit 45,738 in Britain

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SPAIN have been pulled from the UK’s ‘air bridges’ list following an outbreak of coronavirus in the country.

The British government revealed on Saturday that tourists in Spain will have to quarantine for two weeks on their return to the UK.

This saw Spain – including the Canary and Balearic Islands – removed from the list of safe countries in a bid to stop the spread of the virus as of midnight last night.

The announcement came on the same day that gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres have opened their doors this morning after being closed for four months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, the latest coronavirus death toll in the UK stands at 45,738.

Follow all the latest coronavirus news and updates below…

HOW TO USE FACE ID WITH A MASK ON

Researchers have discovered that you can technically train Face ID to recognise you with a mask on – so you can unlock your phone even with your face covered.

It involves setting up the biometric system while wearing half a mask.

First you’ll need to go to ‘settings’ and click on ‘face ID and passcode’.

You can either select to ‘reset face ID’ or set up your masked face as an ‘alternate appearance’.

Click your choice and then wear your mask – but fold it in half so it’s only on one half of your face.

You should eventually get a ‘move your head slowly to complete the circle’ message.

Then you’ll be asked to do two scans of your face.

Your iPhone should then read ‘face ID is now set up’.

TRAINS ARE MASKING UP AS INDUSTRY STRUGGLES TO RECOVER

A train in Scotland has been painted with a face mask to encourage customers to return to rail travel.

ScotRail painted one of their Inter7City trains that runs between Scottish cities like Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Some train routes across Scotland are seeing only 40 per cent of travellers using compulsory facemasks, according to new figures.

SPAIN ‘IS SUFFERING A SECOND WAVE’

The big news today is about the Government’s new 14-day quarantine for travellers returning from Spain.

It comes after both France and Norway warned its citizens of travel to Catalonia over fears of a second wave. 

And one of Spain’s top health officials warned that the country could be suffering a second wave of coronavirus amid an alarming increase in cases.

Deputy emergency health director Maria Jose Sierra said: “We have important outbreaks.

“It could be a second wave.

“We’ll have to see what happens in the next few weeks.”

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GYM GROUP REOPENS BRANCHES

The Gym Group has opened 160 of their 179 gyms this weekend.

CEO Richard Darwin said: “Our members and gym teams are thrilled to be back in the gym.

“We have worked hard to reopen our gyms in a Covid-secure way and the feedback on our extensive new hygiene and distancing protocols has been very positive.”

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‘IT’S SO FRUSTRATING’

Lots of holidaymakers in Spain have spoken about their frustration with the new quarantine.

Self-employed roofer Malcolm Bembridge said he “needs to go back to work” – but now won’t be able to.

He is flying home to Birmingham from Almeria on Sunday and said he has ordered a Covid test.

He said: “If I do the test and it comes back negative, then does that mean I can resume work or do I need to self isolate?

“It is bad timing because most people travel this time of year with kids as schools break up.

“Why don’t the Government do testing at the airports?”

PLANS TO HEAD TO SPAIN? HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Less than three weeks after the UK announced a travel corridor with Spain, the government has reintroduced its quarantine requirement for those returning.

Here’s everything we know.

BLAIR SAYS UK MUST BE READY FOR SECOND WAVE

Britain must get ready for the ‘worst case scenario’ of a second wave of coronavirus in the autumn, Tony Blair has said.

The ex-PM insisted that the ministers aren’t doing enough to get the country ready in the next few weeks for a possible huge resurgence of the virus in the colder months.

He said: “There is a possibility that you end up with a resurgence in the autumn.

“We have got to hope for the best and plan for the worst.”

Here’s the story.

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PM ‘WILL BAN JUNK FOOD ADS ONLINE’

The Prime Minister is expected to ban junk food adverts on television before the 9pm watershed – and to outlaw them entirely online.

It’s part of his new plan to cut obesity in a bid to tackle coronavirus.

Meanwhile, promotions on snacks will be curbed and restaurant and takeaway chains will have to publish the number of calories in the meals they serve.

A Government spokeswoman said: “Covid-19 has given us all a wake-up call of the immediate and long-term risks of being overweight, and the Prime Minister is clear we must use this moment to get healthier, more active and eat better.”

‘CYCLING PRESCRIPTIONS’ AS NEW HEALTH PROGRAMME IS ANNOUNCED

Government-backed 12-week health plans are set to be rolled out as part of the Prime Minister’s obesity strategy, with GPs able to hand out “cycling prescriptions”, it has been confirmed.

Boris Johnson is preparing to announce a ‘Better Health’ campaign on Monday.

As part of the programme, the NHS weight loss services is to be expanded, while GPs will be encouraged to prescribe cycling – with patients in pilot areas given access to bikes – and ministers promising more segregated lanes and better cycle infrastructure would be put in place.

BRITS ON TOUR COULD LOSE OUT ON CASH

Thousands of Brits with holidays to Spain risk being left out of pocket for trips that are still going ahead despite new quarantine rules.

If you’ve got a package holiday to mainland Spain, you should get a refund as most tour operators are expected to cancel trips.

But experts say you may find it harder to get a refund if you have individual flights and hotels booked.

Here’s everything you need to know.

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BRITS HEAD HOME EARLY AS QUARANTINE BEGINS

More travellers returning to Gatwick from Barcelona have spoken of their upset at the new 14-day quarantine for holidaymakers in Spain.

Philip Bradby, 55, and Marina Wilson, 40, from Bournemouth, said they had returned from holiday early.

“I think it’s quite poor that they did it so instantaneously,” Mr Bradby said.

Ms Wilson said: “They basically changed the rules halfway through which puts us in a very awkward position and lot’s of things to arrange.”

Jill Witte, 53, arriving back in the country with her two daughters and husband, said the quarantine rule changes would “massively” inconvenience the family.

“We were shocked, it didn’t look like that was coming, otherwise we wouldn’t have gone,” she said.

JUST ONE IN TEN HAVE VIRUS ANTIBODIES

The number of people with coronavirus antibodies in the UK is a third lower than previously believed, official figures show.

Public Health England data suggests just one in 10 people have the protective proteins in London, when one in six did during the peak of the epidemic.

And less than five per cent of the population in the North East have the antibodies needed to battle the killer virus.

PIERS MORGAN WEIGHS IN ON NEW QUARANTINE

SUMMER HOLS IN CHAOS AS RAAB ADMITS ‘NO GUARANTEES’

We’ve been blogging this morning about Dominic Raab’s interview on Sky.

The Foreign Secretary has admitted more countries could be removed from the UK’s ‘safe travel’ list with very little notice.

He said officials “can’t give a guarantee” that people won’t have to cancel their holidays at the last moment – and said he wouldn’t be going on holiday abroad at all this summer.

Here’s the story.

QUARANTINE DECISION IS A ‘TOUGH BLOW’

The UK Government’s decision to introduce a 14-day quarantine for travellers returning from Spain is likely to have a huge hit on that country’s tourism industry.

Brits made up more than 20 per cent of foreign visitors to Spain last year, the largest group by nationality.

And Spain depends on tourism for about 12 per cent of its economy.

Antonio Perez, the mayor of Benidorm, said it was a “tough blow”.

UK GETS OUT OF £55BN VIRUS BAILOUT

Britain escaped a £55billion coronavirus bailout burden by quitting the EU, it’s been revealed.

Leave campaigners say we would have faced the second highest liability for a recovery fund for coronavirus-hit nations – twice the size of our divorce bill.

Former Brexit minister David Jones said: “We really have had the most incredible lucky escape.”

Here’s the story.

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BRITS ABROAD ‘PANIC’ AFTER HEARING NEWS ON SPAIN

Brits in Spain say holidaymakers are ‘panicked’.

At Madrid’s Barajas airport Emily Harrison, from Essex, said she’s due to attend a wedding.

“It’s really bad because it’s just come all of a sudden, it’s not given very much time to prepare so everyone is now panicking,” she said.

Carolyne Lansell, who has been in Ibiza, said: “We’re quite frustrated by it to be honest, because it actually feels safer in Spain.”

And Chloe Harris, from Kent, said: “When I heard the news I was quite shocked because I thought they would have given us some warning.”

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OFFICIALS AREN’T SORRY FOR NEW QUARANTINE

The Government won’t apologise to Brits over the new 14-day quarantine in Spain.

Foreign Secretary Dominc Raab said: “The cases in Spain, the data came we got was on the Friday, showed a big jump right across mainland Spain, that was then assessed yesterday afternoon and we took the decision as swiftly as we could.

“And we can’t make apologies for doing so.

“We must be able to take swift, decisive action, particularly in relation to localised, or internationally in relation to Spain or a particular country, where we see we must take action.”

BRITS IN SPAIN COULD FACE TROUBLE IF THEY DON’T ISOLATE

Dominic Raab has given a big interview to Sophy Ridge on Sky this morning after a 14-day quarantine was imposed for Brits returning from Spain.

The Foreign Secretary admitted there was an “element of personal responsibility” involved for holidaymakers.

“Throughout this crisis, one of the reasons we’ve been effective in getting the virus down is people have followed the advice,” he said.

“There is an element of personal responsibility, but it is also backed up by very clear law and sanctions in relation to non-compliance.”

NORTH KOREAN CITY IN LOCKDOWN AFTER ‘FIRST PATIENT IS FOUND’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has placed the city of Kaesong under total lockdown after a casualty was found with Covid-19 symptoms.

If the person is officially declared a coronavirus patient, he or she would be North Koreas first confirmed case.

The North has steadfastly said it has had no cases of the virus – a claim questioned by outside experts.

The lockdown was declared Friday afternoon.

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said the suspected virus patient is a runaway who fled to South Korea three years ago before illegally crossing the border into the North early last week.

WHY WEREN’T HOLIDAYMAKERS TOLD SOONER?

More now from that Dominic Raab interview on Sky.

Asked why the Government could not have given holidaymakers an earlier warning that Spain was being assessed for quarantine, he said: “If we suddenly say, ‘We’re not quite sure’ and give vague advice, it would create more uncertainty.

“There is a cut-off with changes in rules and advice we give, so I appreciate that that’s difficult and it can be disruptive.

“But it would be far worse to either muddy the waters or to hold back and delay from taking the measures when we need to take them.”

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MORE COUNTRIES COULD BE TAKEN OFF ‘SAFE LIST’

More countries could be removed from the Government’s ‘safe list’, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says.

It comes after a 14-day quarantine was put in place for people returning to the UK from Spain.

The minister told Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “As we’ve found with Spain, we can’t give a guarantee.

“All we can say is we’ve got this Joint Biosecurity Centre, we monitor the risk in real time, we take decisive swift action and so there is an element of uncertainty this summer if people go abroad.”

DOCS TO TELL PATIENTS: “YOU’RE FAT’

Matt Hancock wants GPs to tell overweight patients “You’re fat!” as part of his new drive to cut obesity.

Boris Johnson is to launch his new Better Health campaign as part of the initiative to tackle coronavirus in the UK.

Obese patients are far more likely to get seriously ill or die of the virus.

And the Health Secretary said: “Just like a generation ago, GPs helped to stop people smoking, so now GPs will help people get fit.”

Here’s the story.

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LABOUR CALLS HIGH ENERGY DRINKS BAN FOR KIDS

The Government is due to publish details of its war on obesity in the UK tomorrow.

Boris Johnson wants Brits to lose weight in a bid to deal with coronavirus.

Now Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth has called for the new advice to include a ban on children buying energy drinks.

Mr Ashworth told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme: “These high energy drinks that kids can buy in shops, why aren’t we banning that?

“Kids shouldn’t be buying high energy drinks in shops.

“I’m looking for decisive radical action from Government, not more backsliding.”

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