Boris Johnson warns of Europe second wave

Boris Johnson warns of Europe second wave

UK PM Boris Johnson has warned there are signs of a "second wave" of coronavirus in Europe, as he defended a 14-day quarantine on travellers from Spain.

The PM said the government had to be "swift" - and hinted at further action against other countries if necessary.

The UK is advising against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands. It also removed Spain and its islands from the list of countries that are exempt from the 14-day quarantine rule.

Johnson said it was up to individuals to decide whether they wanted to take the risk of travelling during the pandemic.

"What we have to do is take swift and decisive action where we think that the risks are starting to bubble up again. Let's be absolutely clear about what's happening in Europe, amongst some of our European friends, I'm afraid you are starting to see in some places the signs of a second wave of the pandemic," BBC cited the PM as saying.

"At the moment you have got to stick with the guidance that we are giving, we have given the guidance now about Spain and about some other places around the world," he stressed.

Johnson said if the UK did see signs of a second wave in other countries, it was the government's duty to stop travellers returning and spreading the disease.

The UK reported a further 119 coronavirus deaths - taking the official number of deaths so far to 45,878 - but the daily figure is typically higher on Tuesdays due to delays in reporting deaths at the weekend. An additional 581 positive cases have also been reported across the UK, a small dip on recent days.

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