Portugal slams UK resolution to depart it off quarantine listing 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 raise quarantine for individuals touring from mainland Portugal as “absurd” and “senseless,” saying the UK has seven instances 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 a listing of nations from which vacationers might be exempt from spending two weeks in isolation after arriving in England.

The exemption listing, 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 instances extra instances associated to Covid-19 than Portugal, so we predict this isn’t the best way during 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 protected 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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