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More EU countries will be added ‘within days’ to quarantine list

by LLB political Reporter

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said on Thursday that more countries will be added to the quarantine list “within days,” which could be as soon as this weekend.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the government are constantly reviewing the list of travel corridors as a second wave of coronavirus is rolling “across Europe.”

Speaking to Sky News Hancock warned that a “second wave starting to roll across Europe” and that the UK must “do everything to prevent it reaching these shores.”

“It’s something I worry about and I worry about it because we can see it coming.”

Last weekend Spain went on the quarantine list with no notice, this could well happen again with other countries in Europe.

Germany and Belgium are seeing spikes in coronavirus cases and are taking measures to try and stop the spread of the Virus, which could potentially be placed on the quarantine list.

Belgium has been forced to re-introduce social restrictions due to 673 further cases reported on Thursday, which prompted Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes to speak out over her concerns.

She said this week: “If we cannot reduce the coronavirus, it will be a collective failure.

“We know that if we do not intervene drastically, even the start of the school year could be undermined.

“We want to avoid the situation of March, which was very trying on a human level, especially for the weakest among us.

“Our aim is clear – avoid another full lockdown.

“We are acting again today to keep the situation under control and to prevent a general lockdown.”

Germany has seen 4,127 new coronavirus cases this last week, which has risen from 2,385 cases from the last fortnight.

German virologist Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit from the University of Hamburg told ARD, “In the worst case, if we really get a second wave I define that as our health system being overwhelmed, then we won’t be able to get around very dramatic, very drastic measures.

“But that’s exactly what we want to avoid.

“Now travellers are being added to the mix as well – there are many clusters which politicians but also scientists will have to react to.”

Germany reported a further 684 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, with six new deaths.

The Daily Mail reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson, fears the UK will see a resurgence of the virus “within two weeks,” as the weekly average cases have risen by 28% from three weeks ago.

Johnson warned, “I’m afraid you are starting to see in some places the signs of a second wave of the pandemic.” This could prompt a second lockdown in parts or all of the UK.

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