Travel warning: Clarke refuses to rule out 10-day quarantine as ALL holidays now at risk

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A new quarantine on all returning journeys to Spain was suddenly reimposed on Saturday, sparking concerns of a return of travel restrictions in the coming weeks. Amid growing criticism from holidaymakers facing another 14-day of isolation upon their return, Housing Minister Simon Clarke failed to rule out the possibility of the quarantine being reduced to 10 days. BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin said: “There is a report this morning suggesting that maybe those two weeks could be cut back to ten days. Is that right?”

Mr Clarke said: “Well, we always listen to the advice that we’re getting and what best practice can be.

“I wouldn’t want to confuse any viewers this morning, the advice is crystal clear that it’s 14 days at this stage.

“That is exactly what people should be doing if they’re returning from Spain.”

The Housing Minister however warned Britons should remain aware the UK Government is “reserving the right” to take swift action to avoid a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the UK because of international travel.

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He continued: “All holidays have to be taken understanding that to travel in the middle of a global pandemic which has caused devastation around the world, has to be conducted against the backdrop of the Government’s rights to take steps to protect the UK.

“We made enormous strides in this country over the last few weeks and we have now got the situation very largely under control.

“We cannot jeopardise that, we cannot render all the sacrifice we have made redundant by failing to intervene to stop cases being reimported from abroad.

“By all means, go on holiday. But understand that there is a chance you may be asked to self-isolate upon your return.”

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