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The UK government has had to act “rapidly and decisively” to impose a quarantine on people arriving in the UK from Spain, a minister has said.

Health minister Helen Whately said the UK virus rate must be kept down to avoid a second spike.

Asked about a quarantine for other countries, such as France and Germany, she said No 10 will monitor virus rates and “take action” if necessary.

Ms Whately said after all the “sacrifices” made during the lockdown, and now that restrictions are being “carefully” reduced, the UK cannot take the risk of going back to a situation of rising virus rates across the country.

Labour has called for support for those having to quarantine. The party says there is no guarantee employers will allow people to work from home for two weeks.

The quarantine came into force just 6 hours after it was announced by the government. One of the fastest impacting changes the government has made throughout lockdown.

By Benjamin Lewis

Benjamin Lewis is the executive producer of UTCR.Live.

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