Holidays in Switzerland at risk as expert warns it is ‘certain to be added’ to red list

Switzerland is at risk of being next on the UK’s red list after recording a spike in coronavirus cases. The country’s current case rate is 21.7 per 100,000 people over the last seven days. This is below the UK’s preferred threshold of 20.

The country is now above the Netherlands and Austria which are currently on the UK’s quarantine list.

The UK government is using data from the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) to decide whether countries remain exempt from the quarantine list.

Countries which report more than 20 cases per 100,000 people in a week, could be added to the quarantine list.

This means that Britons will have to isolate for 14 days when they arrive back in the UK from that country.

The government is due to review its list of travel corridors on Thursday.

Last week, Croatia, Trinidad and Tobago and Austria were all removed from the UK’s travel corridor list.

Portugal was added after months of being absent from the list.

CEO of the travel consultancy, The PC Agency and former BBC News Presenter Paul Charles revealed who could be next to be added to the quarantine list on Twitter.

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Mr Charles has been posting daily updates on countries’ case rates.

He said: “Tues update: #Switzerland certain to be added to #quarantine list.

“#CzechRepublic possibly.

“Absolutely no justification for adding #Greece #Turkey or #Italy to the list in this Thursday’s review.

“Many people will go Phew!” [sic]

Switzerland has recorded 40,262 coronavirus cases and 2,002 deaths at the time of writing.

Scotland has already imposed quarantine on arrivals from Switzerland.

But it’s likely that from this weekend the restrictions are to also be put in place on arrivals into England.

Ministers are also understood to be considering quarantine measures for the Czech Republic which has a case rate of 18.6 cases per 100,000 people.

The European affairs minister Clément Beaune has said that measures are likely to come into place in days.

Iceland is also teetering on the edge of the red zone with 16.5 cases per 100,000 people.

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