Boris Johnson warned of a looming “second wave” of the Covid-19 pandemic across Europe on Tuesday as he defended Britain’s controversial decision to impose quarantine restrictions on UK citizens returning from Spain.

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The British prime minister has been criticised by tour operators and passengers after the government suddenly reimposed quarantine on travellers from Spain at the weekend.


“Let’s be absolutely clear about what’s happening in Europe, among some of our European friends, I’m afraid you are starting to see in some places the signs of a second wave of the pandemic,” he said in comments to broadcasters.


“If we do see signs of a second wave in other countries — it really is our job, our duty, to act swiftly and decisively.”


Spain’s prime minister had earlier condemned the UK’s decision to impose quarantine restrictions on British citizens returning from the country, criticising what he called an “unjust” policy.


“It would be safer to be in those destinations than in the UK,” he said. “We are talking with British authorities to try to get them to reconsider.”


On Tuesday, Charlotte Vere, a junior transport minister, told the House of Lords that the government was considering regional measures to deal with travellers returning from overseas to the UK.


“For the time being, we are taking the approach by country for border measures, but it is the case that it could be that we could put them in place for regions in the future,” she said. “We are not there yet, but we are certainly looking at it.”


Germany has taken a more region-specific approach, announcing on Tuesday that tourists should avoid the regions of Catalonia, Aragón and Navarre — but not the southern coast or the Spanish islands.


Earlier, the Daily Telegraph reported that ministers were weighing up a plan to cut the UK’s 14-day quarantine policy to 10 days in a move that could ease some of the fallout from the policy. That would see coronavirus tests offered to people after their first week in quarantine.


But Whitehall officials cautioned that the idea, while being discussed, had not yet been finalised.


Instead officials have warned that people should be aware that any foreign travel during a pandemic is risky. “You have to accept that if you go on holiday abroad there is a risk of this happening,” said one.


Infection rates have risen in recent days in countries including Croatia, France, Germany and Austria.


Ministers introduced the quarantine policy in early June in what critics described as a belated attempt to get to grips with the coronavirus pandemic. Just three weeks later they announced a “traffic light system”, listing certain countries as “green”, indicating anyone travelling there would not be subject to quarantine on their return.


But Downing Street infuriated holiday makers and tourism industry executives on Saturday when Spain was removed at short notice from the green list, meaning that thousands of British people holidaying there will have to stay at home for a fortnight on return.