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UK working on possible change to Spain quarantine rules but not ready yet, minister says

FILE PHOTO - Britain's Secretary of State of Health Matt Hancock arrives in Downing Street, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, May 2, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Picture

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is working on possible ways to shorten the quarantine period imposed on people coming from Spain, which currently stands at 14 days, but will not be changing the guidelines in the next few days, health minister Matt Hancock said.

“We are working on whether by testing people during that quarantine it is safe to then be able to release them earlier ... But we are not imminently making an announcement on it,” Hancock said during an interview on BBC television on Thursday.

“That work is not concluded. Until it is absolutely safe to make that sort of change then we won’t do so ... We won’t be making changes on that in the next few days.”

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton, writing by Estelle Shirbon

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