London recognizes that the Balearic and Canary Islands have fewer cases than the peninsula


Passengers at London Heathrow Airport. Andy Rain / Archive
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London, Jul 27 (EFE) .- The Government of the United Kingdom recognized today that the incidence of coronavirus is lower in the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands than in the rest of Spain, but warned that “cases are increasing very rapidly” in ” other places”.
The Secretary of State for Health, Helen Whately, MADE these statements when both governments continue to negotiate the possibility of establishing safe tourist corridors with the islands, after London activated Sunday the mandatory two-week quarantine for travelers who have remained on the ground Spanish.
Whately did not yet offer details on those contacts between the authorities, key to saving the summer season in the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, but stressed that the British Executive, led by Boris Johnson, follows the advice of its scientific advisers to decide “how to better protect the Kingdom United”.
When asked about the possibility of the same quarantine being imposed on other countries such as France or Germany, the secretary of state assured that “the necessary measures will be taken.”
“The correct thing is that we continue to monitor the rate (of coronavirus cases) in these countries, so that if we detect something, as has happened with Spain, we will take measures,” he told the BBC radio station.
He also justified that London acted with respect to Spain “quickly and decisively” because the objective, he said, is to avoid a “second wave” of coronavirus, although the affected British sectors criticize the lack of notice about the measure.
In this sense, the tour operator TUI, the largest in the United Kingdom, urged London today to design a “more nuanced” quarantine, allowing its clients to travel to certain regions of countries that present “few cases of coronavirus”.
“If we had a regional measure (allowing trips to the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands), it would be much easier for us to communicate this to our clients,” TUI Chief Financial Officer for the UK and Ireland, Andrew Flintham, told the BBC today.
TUI, a company based in Germany, confirmed on Sunday that it will suspend its holiday offers to Spain until August 9, with the exception of the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, to which its customers will be able to travel from today.
In a statement, the tourism company indicated that those who had to travel between July 27 and August 9 will be able to cancel or modify their reservation, while those with services purchased from August 10 will be informed of their situation on August 31. July.
In this regard, Irish airline Ryanair, Europe’s leader in the low-cost sector, also reported today that it will continue to operate its regular flight schedule between the United Kingdom and Spain, despite the quarantine.