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Is Spain heading for red list? Surge in arrivals testing positive for Covid sparks quarantine fear


Is Spain heading for the red list? Surge in UK arrivals testing positive for Covid sparks fears tourist favourite could be put out of bounds to one million UK holidaymakers unless they quarantine afterwards

  • Positive tests on arrivals have risen almost six-fold in the space of a month
  • Around one-in-35, or 2.9 per cent of those entering Britain in July tested positive 
  • Rate almost double that of returnees from also amber Greece and Portugal

Fears rose today that Spain could be forced on the the UK’s quarantine red list, scuppering the holiday plans of more than a million UK holidaymakers.

The number of people testing positive for Covid after returning from the Mediterranean hotspot has risen almost six-fold in the space of a month, figures released today show.

Around one-in-35, or 2.9 per cent of those entering Britain from the amber list country in July tested positive, up from 0.9 per cent in June as the number of those tested doubled.

That rate is almost double that of returnees from Greece and Portugal, which are also on the amber list.  

Around one-in-35, or 2.9 per cent of those entering Britain from the amber list country (Barcelona pictured) in July tested positive, up from 0.9 per cent in June as the number of those tested doubled.

Around one-in-35, or 2.9 per cent of those entering Britain from the amber list country (Barcelona pictured) in July tested positive, up from 0.9 per cent in June as the number of those tested doubled.

That rate is almost double that of returnees from Greece and Portugal, which are also on the amber list. Pictured: La Concha beach in San Sebastian, northern Spain

That rate is almost double that of returnees from Greece and Portugal, which are also on the amber list. Pictured: La Concha beach in San Sebastian, northern Spain

The proportion of infected travellers flying back from Spain stands at 2.9 per cent, up from 0.6 per cent three weeks earlier. But positivity rates among travellers are higher from 11 other countries, with 11.1 per cent of those coming to England from Jersey having the virus. But the highest number of infected people came from Spain (2,065) - four times higher than the second-highest country Greece

The proportion of infected travellers flying back from Spain stands at 2.9 per cent, up from 0.6 per cent three weeks earlier. But positivity rates among travellers are higher from 11 other countries, with 11.1 per cent of those coming to England from Jersey having the virus. But the highest number of infected people came from Spain (2,065) – four times higher than the second-highest country Greece

The test and trace figures show that between July 1 and 21, the latest period for which numbers are available, 2,065 people arriving in Britain from Spain tested positive for Covid, out of 71,418 tests conducted.

In the prior period from June 10 – 30, there were  358 positive results from 39563 tests.

Since last month people who have been double jabbed have been allowed to visit amber list countries without quarantining when they return.

Plans were drawn up for an ‘amber plus’ category after cases of Covid rose in France – blamed mainly on a spike on an island in the Indian ocean – that would see people have to isolate at home.

But the plans were attacked as too confusing and later scrapped. That means the only way ministers can now alter Spain’s status would be to put it on the red list.

This means visitors would have to isolate in hotels for 10 days at a cost of up to £2,250.

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