Imposing quarantines at short notice will destroy confidence — we need testing at airports and track and trace in place


WE’VE all grown used to Coronavirus trampling our well-laid plans.

But the Spain quarantine shambles over the weekend isn’t just causing inconvenience.

Those being asked to stay away from work on their return aren’t legally entitled to sick pay.

Which means that unless employers do the right thing and offer paid leave, sticking to the rules could mean losing two weeks’ income.

It’s hard to blame the Government for acting quickly: cases in Spain spiked suddenly, and it would be a crying shame to undo all the good work over lockdown by allowing returning holidaymakers to roam freely around the UK.

But you don’t need a crystal ball to realise that in the long run, imposing quarantines with four hours notice will destroy travellers’ confidence and decimate the struggling tourism industry.

Luckily for everyone, there’s an obvious solution: testing at airports and a robust track and trace system would keep vulnerable Brits safe and give holidaymakers peace of mind.

Now is the moment for Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to buckle down and get it sorted.

Pity he’s also facing 14 days quarantine after his holiday in Spain.

IT comes as no surprise that British students get the rawest deal in Europe.

For too long, sub-par universities offering useless degrees have bled our young people dry because school leavers are conned into believing that having letters after your name is a sure-fire way to land a well-paid job.

In fact the opposite is often true: the unemployment rate for students at Britain’s lowest ranked universities is around double the national rate for young people.

So having a degree can actually worsen your chances of getting a foot on the career ladder.

Let’s hope youngsters take advantage of Rishi Sunak’s apprenticeship scheme and turn their backs on rip-off universities.

A bit of competition would incentivise these greedy institutions to smarten up their acts sharpish.

BORIS Johnson’s obesity strategy is a mixed bag of sense and desperation.

Of course we applaud the PM for trying to get to grips with the crisis.

Obesity wrecks lives, puts huge strain on the NHS and makes people far more likely to get seriously ill with Covid-19.

Allowing doctors to prescribe cycling is a no brainer: diabetes costs the NHS an estimated £10bn a year, and exercise can prevent the most common form.

But restricting chocolate sales is a depressing sop to the nanny state, and all the evidence suggests it will fail.

Fitness guru Joe Wicks has shown encouragement, not punishment, is the way to get Brits in shape.

The Government should take a leaf out of his book.

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