The British authorities are nervous a few second wave of coronavirus infections in Europe and won’t hesitate to convey again extra quarantine measures, presumably inside the subsequent few days, Well being Secretary Matt Hancock mentioned on Thursday.
Britain final week re-imposed a 14-day quarantine interval on folks arriving from Spain, a transfer that induced havoc to plans to reopen the continent for tourism in the summertime excessive season.
Hancock stopped wanting naming different European nations that may additionally find yourself again on the UK quarantine listing, however cited France for instance of 1 the place infections have recently risen.
“I’m nervous a few second wave. I believe you possibly can see a second wave beginning to roll throughout Europe, and we’ve acquired to do every little thing we are able to to stop it from reaching these shores, and to sort out it,” Hancock mentioned throughout an interview on Sky Information.
“We now have important considerations concerning the second wave that’s coming throughout Europe. And it’s not simply Spain … however there are different nations too the place the variety of circumstances is rising. And we’re completely decided to do every little thing that we are able to to maintain this nation protected,” he mentioned.
When requested whether or not Britons needs to be ready for extra measures to be introduced inside the subsequent few days, he mentioned sure.
“The variety of circumstances have gone up sharply in some nations in Europe … France now has extra circumstances than we do, per day, and in Spain we noticed the numbers shoot up which is why we needed to take the speedy motion that we did,” he mentioned on Discuss Radio.
France reported nearly 1,400 new circumstances on Wednesday, the very best day by day enhance in additional than a month.
Hancock mentioned the British authorities had been engaged on doable methods to shorten the quarantine interval for folks coming from Spain, however no change was imminent.
“We’re engaged on whether or not by testing folks throughout that quarantine it’s protected to then have the ability to launch them earlier … However we’re not imminently making an announcement on it,” he mentioned in a BBC tv interview.
He mentioned that in Britain, the variety of circumstances had stopped falling and was at finest flat, which was a results of elevated social contact as lockdown measures have regularly been eased. He urged folks to maintain following social distancing pointers.