Portugal slams UK resolution to go away it off quarantine checklist as ‘absurd’

Portugal slams UK decision to leave it off quarantine list as 'absurd'

(Source) — The Portuguese authorities has denounced the British authorities’s resolution to not carry quarantine for folks touring from mainland Portugal as “absurd” and “senseless,” saying the UK has seven occasions extra coronavirus instances than it does.

Augusto Santos Silva, the nation’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, stated Portugal was “very disappointed” to have been excluded from an inventory of nations from which vacationers can be exempt from spending two weeks in isolation after arriving in England.

The exemption checklist, which was revealed by the UK government on Friday and can come into impact on July 10, consists of 59 states and 14 British Overseas Territories.

Speaking to BBC Radio four on Friday, Santos Silva stated: “We are very disappointed with this decision of the British authorities. We think it’s senseless and unfair. It’s quite absurd.

“The United Kingdom has seven occasions extra instances associated to Covid-19 than Portugal, so we predict this isn’t the best way through which allies and mates are handled,” he added.

Although he acknowledged that Portugal has experienced some “particular outbreaks” of Covid-19 in Lisbon, the minister stressed that destinations popular with British tourists — such as the Algarve — were not coronavirus hotspots.

António Costa, the Prime Minister of Portugal, also said the Algarve was a safe place to spend a holiday this summer.

In a tweet posted on Friday, Costa included a graph comparing the number of Covid-19 cases in the UK unfavourably to those in the Algarve, adding the words: “You are welcome to spend a secure vacation in Algarve.”
Health authorities in Portugal have so far recorded 1,587 deaths from coronavirus in all settings. According to Johns Hopkins University, 44,216 people have died from the virus in the UK.

According to UK government data, around 2.5 million Britons traveled to Portugal last year.

CNN’s Isabela Tejera and Milena Veselinovic contributed reporting.

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