British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggested that some countries in continental Europe may be in for a second wave of coronavirus infections.
Speaking to Sky News on Tuesday, Johnson defended his government’s decision to make travelers returning from Spain quarantine for two weeks on arrival in the U.K., adding that things are not looking good in some European spots.
“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,” the prime minister said.
“And we all remember what happened last time. It’s absolutely vital, therefore, that we make the necessary preparations here in the U.K. as we are doing,” he added.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Monday criticized the U.K.’s quarantine arrangements.
“It would be safer to be in [some Spanish] destinations than in the United Kingdom,” Sánchez said, while his Foreign Minister Arancha González put it more bluntly, arguing pandemic figures in Spain were “well below the epidemiological data in the U.K.”
Meanwhile on Tuesday, Boris Johnson said that other countries could be added to the U.K.’s quarantine list.
“I’m afraid if we do see signs of a second wave in other countries it is really our job, our duty, to act swiftly and decisively to stop … travelers coming back from those places seeding the disease here in the U.K.,” he said.