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Scotland keeps quarantine for Spain, Serbia – News

Travelers from Spain and Serbia still have to self-isolate when traveling to Scotland, the decentralized government in Edinburgh said on Wednesday, despite the British government having previously lifted restrictions.

London last week canceled coronavirus quarantine for travelers coming to the UK from 59 countries and territories, including Spain and other major European destinations, but not the US.

However, Scotland complained that it was not properly consulted during the decision-making process.

The decentralized administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can each have their own health regulations, while England follows the regulations announced by the UK government in London.

First Scottish Minister Nicolas Sturgeon said infection rates in Spain were still too high to make travel safe.

“I know how many people from Scotland love to travel to Spain and I know how much we love to welcome Spanish tourists,” she told reporters.

“I hope these restrictions can be eased soon, and possibly very soon.”

The Serbian capital Belgrade was hit Tuesday by violent protests over a weekend curfew after a surge in infections.

Sturgeon insisted that there would be no “go” around the restrictions, warning that Scottish officials had the travel details of those entering English airports.

Sturgeon, who has repeatedly upset London by taking stricter measures during the outbreak, said the virus is less common in Scotland than other parts of the UK.

“This is relevant to the decisions we make about quarantine,” she said.

Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party (SNP) has urged British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to approve a new independence referendum for England’s northern neighbors.

Johnson has steadfastly refused, but polls show that sentiment of independence rose following the split between Britain and the European Union, against which most Scottish voters spoke out.

A poll for the Sunday Times last weekend found that Sturgeon’s handling of the coronavirus crisis helped boost Scotland’s support for independence to 54 percent.

In the 2014 independence referendum, 45 percent voted for 55 percent who wanted to keep the three-century-old union.

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