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British tourists who are still flying to Spain say that they handle Covid-19 better than Britain


British tourists said today that they would still fly to Spain so they wouldn't lose their money – despite Boris Johnson's warning, the country could face a second wave and be quarantined for two weeks when they come back.

Although thousands of people canceled their vacation plans after ministers warned of the new restrictions only five hours ago, others remained determined to leave.

Holidaymakers who left Manchester Airport today said they would feel safer in Spain because it was better for corona viruses than in the UK, while others complained that travel companies refused to refund.

The 54-year-old Nigel Hunt traveled with his family to their villa in Fuerteventura. He said to MailOnline: “We played with the idea for a long time and decided that we were safer there than here.

"We live near Blackburn and Hyndburn, where the cases are increasing so we feel safer in Fuerteventura."

Mr. Johnson defended his decision today and insisted that Europe show "signs of a second wave" while Nicola Sturgeon said she was not going to book a vacation abroad because of concerns that the rules could change again soon.

The Prime Minister said: "We have to act quickly and decisively if we believe the risks are blowing up again.

"Let us make it absolutely clear what is happening in Europe among some of our European friends. I am afraid that you are beginning to see signs of a second wave of the pandemic in some places."

In other developments today –

  • Popular UK locations have been overflowing with bookings, with some websites fully reserved by next year.
  • Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the country was "safe" and criticized the new measures as "mistakes" and "unjust".
  • Coronavirus cases in the city of Oldham in Greater Manchester rose 240 percent in the week ending July 25.
  • The UK recorded 12 more Covid deaths in a provisional number as weekly coronavirus deaths dropped to another low.
  • British Airways faced an "immediate" strike threat when Unite members rejected plans to cut 12,000 jobs.
  • Teachers were instructed not to travel abroad at the end of summer as they may lose wages if they were quarantined during the semester.

The 54-year-old Nigel Hunt was at Manchester Airport today and traveled with his family to their villa in Fuerteventura. Also shown are his wife Helen (far right) and his children Gracie (left) and Mason

Erica Thompson, a caregiver from Wigan, Greater Manchester, flew to Fuerteventura to visit her parents

Dan Guzlinski said it would have cost £ 1,000 to change his goal

Erica Thompson, a caregiver from Wigan, Greater Manchester, flew to Fuerteventura to visit her parents. Dan Guzlinski (right) said it would have cost £ 1,000 to change his goal

Nigel Hunt, who runs his own business and comes from the Ribble Valley in Lancashire, said he felt more comfortable because the family went to their own vacation home.

His wife Helen, who works for the Lancashire County Council, said: "We'll be there by August 17th, but if nothing changes, I'll be home a week early so I can use part of my vacation as quarantine. We have managed to get travel insurance that covers us. I think we'll be safer out there than at home. & # 39;

Boris Johnson decided to reintroduce a quarantine for the move to Spain after it was found that 10 British coronaviruses had returned from the country.

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty declared the number "statistically significant" and said "doing nothing is not an option".

However, many tourists who left for Manchester Airport in Spain today were determined not to cancel their travel plans.

How Chris Whitty Killed the Spanish Holidays: The Chief Medical Officer's inquired ministers put Spain back on the quarantine list

Ministers decided to re-apply quarantine travel restrictions to Spain after it was found that 10 British coronaviruses had returned from the country, and Professor Chris Whitty said: "Doing nothing is not an option."

The government's Covid-O committee met on Saturday afternoon after Health Minister Matt Hancock raised concerns about an increase in Spanish infections on Friday.

The group of six high-ranking ministers, including Michael Gove, Grant Shapps and Priti Patel, was apparently informed by Prof. Whitty, the chief medical officer, that the situation in Spain had worsened in the past 48 hours.

Ministers were told that 15 out of 19 Spanish regions saw an increase in infections, but the "mastermind" was the fact that 10 Britons had tested positive recently when they returned from the country.

Prof. Whitty described the number as "statistically significant" as ministers made the controversial decision to quarantine Spanish travelers less than five hours in advance.

36-year-old steelworker Dan Guzlinski from Southport, Merseyside, wanted to go to Tenerife with his family.

“If we don't go, we'll lose our money because the vacation hasn't been canceled. We tried to change the target, but it would have cost an additional £ 1,000.

"We are going for two weeks and as things are at the moment, I think we will be safer there."

Erica Thompson, a caregiver from Wigan, Greater Manchester, flew to Fuerteventura to visit her parents.

She said: "I think the Spanish government has a better grip than our own.

“Everyone has to wear masks and the army is on the street to enforce social distancing measures. You do it right.

“Our government messed up a bit right from the start. I still don't think they got things right. & # 39;

Ms. Thompson, who has been visiting her parents for four days, added: “People take it seriously and abide by the rules.

In Britain, people had parties, the family came to their homes and generally didn't follow the rules.

“I'm not sure if I have to isolate myself when I get home because a friend told me I was on the exception list, but I have to see. I will have to see what the work says. & # 39;

The 30-year-old Kieran Alexander from Manchester flies to Tenerife with his friend Alex Jackson for two weeks.

He said: "We meet friends who are already over there. We managed to get insurance that was a little more expensive to insure ourselves and decided to leave. We just want to get on the plane and get over there. & # 39;

Mr. Jackson, 37, added: “We tried to get our money back, but we can't. We tried to contact On The Beach for two weeks but no one contacted us, which is a shame.

& # 39; We were completely ignored by them. Ryanair is still flying, so we would have lost £ 1,200 in total.

"I have to quarantine when I get back, but that's fine because I can work from home."

Meanwhile, tourists returning from Spain today reacted angrily to the news that they needed to be quarantined.

Peter Rowen, 72, a retired engineer from Manchester, had been on vacation in Alicante with his friend John Manning, 69.

“I think everything the government has done about this pandemic was a mess. It's not okay to let people go and then come back and quarantine for 14 days.

"We are both single and live alone. So now we have to rely on our families in quarantine to shop for us."

Chris Miskell, 64, from Crewe, had returned from Alicante with his wife Anne.

The retired manager said: “I think it is Public Health England that is putting pressure on you to make up for the bad decisions you made in the past.

“It just seems like a jerky reaction that isn't very well thought out.

"I'm angry that I need to be quarantined, but at least I'm in a position that doesn't affect me as much as others, although it's still an inconvenience."

The latest figures show that the number of new cases in Spain is increasing rapidly. At the weekend, 6,361 new cases were announced, compared to 4,581 the previous year. France announced 2,551 new coronavirus cases on Monday

The latest figures show that the number of new cases in Spain is increasing rapidly. At the weekend, 6,361 new cases were announced, compared to 4,581 the previous year. France announced 2,551 new coronavirus cases on Monday

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has claimed that tourists in his country are safer than in the UK. These are the worst coronavirus hotspots in each country and the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has claimed that tourists in his country are safer than in the UK. These are the worst coronavirus hotspots in each country and the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people

Oldham is the newest city to experience stricter corona virus restrictions in some cases after a 240% increase

Oldham was the youngest place today to introduce stricter coronavirus restrictions after the cases increased 240 percent last week.

Official NHS statistics show that 119 people were diagnosed with Covid-19 in the city of Greater Manchester by July 25.

This corresponds to a rate of 50.5 cases per 100,000 people – the third highest rate in the country, after only Blackburn with Darwen and Leicester.

The council chairmen have now asked all 235,000 residents of the district not to let visitors into their home for at least two weeks.

They are committed to "preventing strict local closures from being introduced," as is the case in Leicester, which has not yet been released from the draconian restrictions.

It is bringing Oldham into conflict with the rest of England after the lockout rules were relaxed earlier this month so people can stay overnight with their loved ones.

Britain's decision to remove Spain from its safe travel list has sparked a diplomatic war between Madrid and London.

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that the UK's blanket ban on all non-essential travel to Spain is a "mistake" and "unfair".

But this morning, Mr Johnson insisted that the British government act quickly to respond to what they believed to be a threat to the domestic fight against the corona virus.

He said: “We have to act quickly and decisively if we believe that the risks are blowing up again.

"Let us make it absolutely clear what is happening in Europe among some of our European friends. I am afraid that you are beginning to see signs of a second wave of the pandemic in some places."

In the meantime, Mr. Johnson insisted that it was up to the individual to decide whether to go abroad this summer given the growing uncertainty.

He said, "These are decisions for families, for individuals, about where they want to go."

He added: “It is important that people returning from abroad and returning from a place where I fear there is another outbreak will need to be quarantined.

"That is why we have taken the measures we have and we will take measures throughout the summer where necessary."

The Spanish government today insisted that Spain remain a safe travel destination for tourists as Germany imposed travel restrictions on its European neighbor.

Berlin has associated foreign holidays with a "worrying" increase in cases in Germany and has now advised its citizens to avoid the regions of Catalonia, Aragon and Navarre – but not the south coast or the Spanish islands.

The government announced on Saturday that it would tighten the rules for travel to Spain due to the increasing number of cases.

However, the ministers were accused of leading the chaos after initially banning entry to mainland Spain. However, entry into the Canary and Balearic Islands was still permitted.

Anyone returning to the UK from anywhere in Spain was nevertheless told to be quarantined for 14 days.

British Airways faces an "immediate" strike threat as Unite warns of job cuts

British Airways was today faced with an "immediate" strike threat from union bosses for job cuts, fearing that families trying to plan a vacation abroad could experience further travel chaos.

Len McCluskey, chairman of Unite, claimed that BA boss Alex Cruz "released a schedule to fire and re-hire thousands of your workforce on August 7".

Mr McCluskey also told how MPs and newspapers equally condemned the Spanish boss's actions, adding, "Perhaps you don't understand that the British sense of fair play is deep in the psyche of the British people."

BA has so far taken advantage of government vacation programs, received £ 300m in UK government loans and discontinued its fleet of 747 jumbo jets earlier than planned.

The Federal Foreign Office then moved last night to tighten the travel advice for the Spanish islands and to adapt them to the rules applicable to the mainland.

The British make up more than a fifth of foreign visitors to Spain, which is heavily dependent on tourism, and Madrid said the British government had not warned that the quarantine step would take place last weekend.

Mr Sanchez told Monday night Spanish television station Telecinco: "I think the UK's decision is wrong.

“Spain is made up of a number of regions with a cumulative infection rate that is below both the European and the British average.

& # 39; The Spanish tourism industry has acted very responsibly in the past few months, sending a safety message related to the health emergency we are experiencing.

"It is true that the coronavirus pandemic continues to show very worrying developments on a global level and also on a European level, but the spread of the virus is not uniform in Spain."

Mr Sanchez said the Spanish government is pushing for the UK to reverse its decision, saying that "epidemiological terms make it safer to go on holiday in certain parts of Spain" than in the UK.

"We will continue to talk because we are friends and have many commercial and economic links as well as geopolitical links," he said.

A spokeswoman for the Spanish government today insisted that the country was still a safe place for tourists.

The spokeswoman said, "We are a sure target that has made preparations and strengthened to deal with the virus and any outbreaks."

She added: "All figures show that the situation is good in most countries where the regional authorities have registered a low incidence of the disease."

Boris Johnson, who was pictured visiting Beeston near Nottingham today, has warned that there are "signs of a second wave" of corona viruses in Europe

The Spanish prime minister says quarantine is "unjust" and claims that tourists are safer in his country

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

The Spanish prime minister has classified the quarantine restrictions as "unjust" and has said that tourists in his country will be safer than in the UK as ministers are preparing to reduce the quarantine from 14 days to 10 days in order to take short breaks for millions of families save.

Pedro Sanchez yesterday evening criticized the government's sudden decision to force the British returning from Spain to stay at home for two weeks and urged the government to reconsider their decision.

Quarantined tourists fear that 14 days of self-isolation could cost them paid work, and there is concern that the newly imposed rules could end the summer vacation season.

Shortly after the Federal Foreign Office tightened its stance and advised against non-essential trips to all of Spain, including the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands, Sanchez told the Spanish television station Telecinco on Monday evening: “I think the UK's decision is wrong.

"Spain is made up of a number of regions with a cumulative infection rate that is below both the European and the British average."

Diplomatic relations were tense after local government minister Simon Clarke said the United Kingdom disagreed with Mr. Sanchez's assessment that the trip to Spain should continue.

Mr. Clarke told the BBC: "We respectfully disagree with the position of the Spanish government in this regard.

“We obviously continue to work closely with them and wish them much success in dealing with this outbreak, but we have seen a very large increase in cases in Spain.

& # 39; A 75 percent increase in cases reported between mid-last week and late last week. That is why we have taken the measures we have.

“Of course, you have to make decisions nationwide.

"There will be an internal transfer within Spain and it is important that we do our utmost to protect the public."

Ministers decided on Saturday to reintroduce quarantine restrictions for Spain after it was found that 10 British coronaviruses had returned from the country, and Professor Chris Whitty said: "Doing nothing is not an option."

The government's Covid-O Committee met last weekend after Health Minister Matt Hancock raised concerns about an increase in Spanish infections on Friday.

The group of six high-ranking ministers, including Michael Gove, Grant Shapps and Priti Patel, was apparently informed by Prof. Whitty, the chief medical officer, that the situation in Spain had worsened in the past 48 hours.

Ministers were told that 15 out of 19 Spanish regions saw an increase in infections, but the "mastermind" was the fact that 10 Britons had tested positive recently when they returned from the country.

Prof. Whitty described the number as "statistically significant" as ministers made the controversial decision to quarantine Spanish travelers less than five hours in advance.

The report of the meeting came when Minister of Transport Shapps said he would be returning from his vacation in Spain tomorrow morning as concerns grew that vacation in France and Germany could also be canceled due to rising infection rates.

There is also increasing speculation that travel to Belgium may soon be impacted after the country has slowed down its coronavirus lockdown strategy.

An aerial view of today's Figueretas beach in Ibiza, where there were tiny crowds during one of the busiest times of the year

An aerial view of today's Figueretas beach in Ibiza, where there were tiny crowds during one of the busiest times of the year

The British government has now banned all non-essential trips to mainland Spain and the Spanish islands. Pictured today is a quiet beach in the resort of Portinatx in Ibiza

The British government has now banned all non-essential trips to mainland Spain and the Spanish islands. Pictured today is a quiet beach in the resort of Portinatx in Ibiza

In other developments in today's UK coronavirus crisis, officials recorded 12 more Covid-19 deaths in the preliminary number, as separate numbers showed that the number of people who die every week has dropped to a different low.

The heads of the Department of Health still have to confirm the final daily number, which is often much higher, since it takes into account the deaths confirmed in the laboratory in all situations.

The early count – which is only a fraction of the Covid 19 deaths in England – is calculated by adding the updates reported by each home nation.

NHS England today had 12 deaths in hospitals across the country. No deaths were recorded in any environment in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

The Supreme Court judge, Lord Jonathan Sumption, asked Britain to learn to live next to Covid-19 because "there have been far worse diseases."

In the meantime, Downing Street was asked to tighten the “back to work” message after a number of top companies said they would not bring the employees back to their offices for months.

The lack of staff shuttling into their offices has left city centers and devastated the main streets, which rely on a steady stream of commuters and visitors coming through their doors.

Selfridges today announced to its employees that 450 job cuts – around 14 percent of the total workforce – are planned to be cut in the latest job slaughter in the UK. The number of layoffs has exceeded 66,000 since the onset of the coronavirus crisis.

There were many empty deckchairs on the Costa Del Sol today, which were usually at the height of the holiday season

There were many empty deckchairs on the Costa Del Sol today, which were usually at the height of the holiday season

What stays are left for Brits whose vacation abroad has been ruined? Disappointed vacationers have a choice of campsites for £ 150 a night or £ 200 for three star hotels as prices rise 50%

Mark duel for MailOnline

Britain's cottages, hotels and vacation spots are experiencing a surge in bookings as people quit traveling abroad out of quarantine fears and choose to stay instead.

Families book UK vacation dates in 2021, though the cost of some stays increases 50 percent as operators try to offset some of their lockout losses.

Those hoping for a last minute vacation hotspot this weekend will find campsites for £ 150 a night or £ 200 a night for three star hotels when the demand increases.

A four-star hotel on Newquay, Cornwall's beach costs almost £ 350 a night, while a one-bedroom cottage in the Cotswolds costs you £ 280 a night.

Demand will also be boosted by rising temperatures in the next few days. Friday is probably the hottest day of the year at 33 ° C.

Campsites, B & Bs and cottages across Britain are also running out as vacations postponed during the closure are now being rebooked for next year.

A family room at the three-star Best Western Livermead Cliff hotel in Devon will cost £ 440 for two nights this weekend as demand for hotels and cottages rises in the boom in overnight stays

A family room at the three-star Best Western Livermead Cliff hotel in Devon will cost £ 440 for two nights this weekend as demand for hotels and cottages rises in the boom in overnight stays

It is because the British government has advised against traveling to Spain after the appearance of a second wave of coronavirus in parts of the country.

The airlines refuse to cancel flights to Spain, although the government advises against all but essential travel

The airlines refuse to cancel flights to Spain – although the government advises against all but essential travel.

The move levitates hundreds of thousands of British families and threatens to lose thousands of pounds. It also conflicts with the British government by ignoring a public security edict. The government issued the travel warning after the appearance of a second wave of corona viruses in parts of Spain.

Customers would normally expect travel agents to cancel flights and offer refunds. But all major airlines that have suffered massive losses after the collapse of air traffic have insulted the government and continue to offer the flights.

This means that families may lose their vacation and money.

People could ignore the government and take their flights. But they would have to be quarantined for 14 days when they come back and their travel insurance may be invalid.

Alternatively, you can cancel your trip with no refund guarantee. British Airways and easyJet have proposed offering vouchers for future flights instead of a refund for those who cancel.

Ryanair has refused to offer anything. It has even been suggested that people who have changed their flights could charge up to £ 95 per person.

The Civil Aviation Authority said nothing can be done to ensure that those who book only one flight will receive a refund. Recovery of money from travel insurance has been suggested, but most insurers have clauses that deny corona virus claims.

Staycation Holidays owner Charles Millward told The Times: “People should be concerned about availability next year.

& # 39; A lot of dates have already been taken because they have been moved from this year on. In one of our houses, only three weekends are free from March to September next year.

& # 39; In general, our properties will be 20 percent more expensive next year to offset the costs that the owners lost during the closure.

& # 39; A property that we book for next year has increased by 50 percent. I think that's going to happen more and more as the owners have lost thousands of pounds and need it back. & # 39;

Up to 14 million British are expected to vacation in the UK before the kids go back to school in September, giving the country's economy a boost of £ 3.7 billion.

Havens says bookings in the 36 parks have increased 96 percent year over year, while caravan parking in Devon has increased 140 percent and bookings in Butlins have increased.

British vacation agent Hoseasons said it hired additional telesales personnel to meet the additional demand with bookings for next year, which have increased by a third at normal levels.

Bookings for vacation rentals rose 223 percent last month compared to the same period in 2019, while call volume is more than ten times the normal level.

Warwick-based writer and broadcaster Sally Jones told ITV's Good Morning Britain: "I think it is absolutely crazy to encourage people to go abroad if we don't know which countries will be closed where. Quarantine, for example, comes from Croatia or come back to France.

& # 39; There are wonderful, wonderful places in England. I think most people don't know their own country that well. & # 39;

She added: "Why not explore places like Scotland or the beaches of Northumberland? There are these incredible places in England – most of us have never been there. & # 39;

British campsites also saw a boom in bookings as people quit traveling abroad.

The Pitchup.com website, which sends 800,000 people to 2,000 campsites in the UK each year, said Sunday bookings for a single day were twice as high as last year.

Around 6,100 bookings were required, which corresponds to around 18,000 people, an increase of 20 percent over the previous Sunday. Booking platform founder Dan Yates said there was a clear move to Staycations.

He said: “For many who are just considering booking a trip abroad, this is likely to be the nail in the coffin, as the change in regulations fundamentally affects consumer confidence overseas.

"The tense financial climate means that British holidaymakers are unlikely to take the risk of not being able to work when they return, which is likely to have caused UK bookings to increase this weekend."

The website also offers bookings for campsites across Europe. Mr. Yates said: & # 39; The tourism and hospitality sector has been decimated by Covid and our Spanish website owners are in turmoil.

& # 39; They believe that a more localized approach, focusing on quarantine in the specific regions affected by the Covid Summits, would have been a more appropriate and effective response from the UK government.

"However, this is good news for domestic campsites and caravan parks as thousands will replace a UK holiday abroad."

Staying at another campsite in Chiddingly, East Sussex this weekend will cost £ 332 as demand for accommodations continues to grow

Staying at another campsite in Chiddingly, East Sussex this weekend will cost £ 332 as demand for accommodations continues to grow

Mr. Yates said: "The ever-changing guidelines are likely to create mass confusion and concern among the British, and many will likely choose to play it safe and stay closer to their homes this year."

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has indicated that other European countries could be subject to quarantine restrictions if a "second wave" of coronavirus strikes the continent.

The prime minister is already facing a diplomatic dispute with Spain after warning of all but essential travel to the country – and its holiday islands – and insisting that travelers coming to the UK from there should face a fortnight due to an increase in the number of cases Spend quarantine.

But he defended the move and insisted that the government would not hesitate to act if the Corona virus flared up elsewhere.

"I'm afraid you see signs of a second wave of the pandemic in some places," warned the Prime Minister.

Given the uncertainty among vacationers this summer, Mr. Johnson pointed out that the government could consider further measures.

"It is important that people returning from abroad and returning from a place where I fear another outbreak will have to be quarantined," he said.

"That is why we have taken the measures we have and we will take measures throughout the summer where necessary."

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez described the travel restrictions as "mistakes".

He pointed out that the increase in coronavirus cases is concentrated in two regions, Catalonia and Aragon, adding: "In most parts of Spain, the incidence is far inferior to that registered in the United Kingdom."

A modern one-bedroom house in Woodmancote in the Chilterns costs £ 573 this weekend

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A modern one-bedroom house in Woodmancote in the Chilterns costs £ 573 this weekend after an increase in bookings

Madrid had asked Britain to exclude the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands – which include popular tourist spots in Ibiza, Mallorca and Menorca – from quarantine requirements.

Instead, the official travel information has been tightened to bring the islands into line with mainland Spain.

The move dealt another blow to the travel industry, which began to falter after the ban.

Mr. Johnson said it was up to the individual to decide whether to take the risk of traveling under the current circumstances. "These are decisions for families, for individuals, about where they want to go," he said.

The decision to introduce quarantine restrictions was made after British chief physician Chris Whitty reportedly informed ministers that ten Britons who tested positive for coronavirus after July 1 reported visiting Spain in the 14 days before their test had.

Mr. Johnson said, "I fear that if we see signs of a second wave in other countries, it is really our job to act quickly and decisively to prevent … travelers from returning from those places that are." Trigger disease here in the UK. & # 39;

The British make up more than a fifth of foreign visitors to Spain, which is heavily dependent on tourism, and Madrid said the British government had not warned that the quarantine step would come over the weekend.

Tui UK travel agency has canceled all holidays in the Balearic and Canary Islands after the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice has been updated.

Tui's decision runs from Tuesday, July 28 through Friday, July 31. Holidays on the Spanish mainland have already been canceled from Sunday, July 26th through Sunday, August 9th.

Jet2 canceled flights and vacations in the Balearic and Canary Islands until August 9, after being suspended on mainland Spain until August 16, and asked the government for clarity and consistency.

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