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Britain moved on Spain after data showed jump in coronavirus cases, says Raab

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab gestures as he speaks during the meeting with U.S. counterpart Mike Pompeo (not pictured), at Lancaster House in London, Britain July 21, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool/Files

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain acted swiftly to impose a quarantine on travellers returning from Spain after seeing data on Friday recording a large jump in coronavirus cases, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday.

Asked by Sky News why the decision was taken with so little notice, Raab said: “Because the cases in Spain, the data we got was on the Friday, we obviously compiled that through the course of the day.

“It showed a big jump right across mainland Spain. That was then assessed yesterday afternoon and we took the decision as swiftly as we could. We can’t make apologies for doing so; we must be able to take swift, decisive action,” he said, describing the move as a “a real-time response”.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Mark Heinrich