The UK government is currently advising against all but essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands where infection rates are lower than on the mainland, as France and Spain have both reported large daily rises in coronavirus. This advice comes amid fears that parts of Europe could be hit by a second wave later in the year and anybody coming back from the country is having to quarantine for two weeks.
France is currently on an exemption list of nations which are deemed safe for Britons to travel to – and no self-isolation is required for them on their return home. The country has reported 1,695 new COVID-19 infections over 24 hours – the highest daily increase since 30 May, when they were up by 1,828.
Spain announced 1,772 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday. This makes the biggest jump in cases since a national lockdown was lifted in June. And in Germany, a doctors’ union said it was already contending with a second wave amid a disregard for social-distancing guidelines that risked squandering the nation’s early success in containing the virus.
Regarding the crisis in its country, the French government’s top scientific body said: “The situation is precarious. We could at any moment tip into a scenario that is less under control, like in Spain. “It is highly likely that we will experience a second epidemic wave this autumn or winter.”