Second wave of pandemic may be underway in Europe warns Boris Johnson – BBC News


There are signs of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in parts of Europe according to Boris Johnson, who’s been defending his government’s handling of the crisis and the sudden imposition of quarantine on travellers from every part of Spain.

The Spanish prime minister is among those criticising the decision. Pedro Sánchez said tourists in most regions of Spain are less at risk from coronavirus than in the UK.

The UK Foreign Office is advising against all non-essential travel to Spain including to the Balearic and Canary Islands.

Spain has seen a recent rise in the number of Covid-19 infections in some areas, with 47 cases per 100,000 people over the last two weeks. The UK by comparison has 15 cases per 100,000. France has similar levels of disease, while Germany has fewer than 9 cases per 100,000 people.

In the worst-hit parts of Spain, partial lockdowns are being reinstated. In the capital Madrid the authorities have announced the compulsory wearing of face masks.

The impact of the latest restrictions on travel to and from Spain has led to calls for coronavirus testing for people arriving in the UK, instead of quarantine. The government says it’s looking at a range of options.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting from transport correspondent Tom Burridge, Gavin Lee in Barcelona and Science Editor David Shukman.

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