July 28, 2020 / 6:37 AM / 17 days ago

UK quarantine on Spain is not disproportionate: junior minister

FILE PHOTO: A passenger wearing a protective mask is pictured after arriving at Birmingham Airport following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Birmingham, Britain July 27, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble

LONDON (Reuters) - British junior minister Simon Clarke said the government disagreed with the Spanish prime minister’s assessment that imposing a quarantine on travellers from Spain was disproportionate.

“We don’t agree with that assessment,” Clarke, a junior local government minister, told Sky on Tuesday.

Clarke said that Britain’s travel advice was guided by science and Spain’s infection rate had risen.

“Obviously we continue to work very closely with the Spanish authorities and wish them every success in getting this situation under control as quickly as possible,” he said.

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday that Britain made a mistake bringing back the 14-day stay-at home rule, arguing that much of the Mediterranean country had a lower coronavirus infection rate than the UK.

Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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