Holidays: Portugal’s case rate ‘higher’ than quarantine countries as Italy hits amber zone

The UK’s travel corridor list is being reviewed on a weekly basis. The coveted list includes countries that are deemed safe enough for Britons to visit and not face 14 days in quarantine on their return to the UK. Currently, Portugal is looking as though it’s still at risk of being removed from the list, while Italy edges towards the “amber” zone.

CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency Paul Charles has been posting regular updates on Twitter regarding countries’ case rates.

He tweeted today: “Sunday update: #Portugal now higher than quarantined-#Austria and #Belgium in the red zone.

“#Spain caseload keeps it top.

“#Italy and #UnitedKingdom move further up amber.

“#Cyprus and #Singapore eradicating #coronavirus fast.

“Beware weekend figures.”

Italy is currently looking as though it could be at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list next week if its cases continue to rise.

Italy’s average cases are currently 15.7 per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

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Countries at risk of being removed from the UK’s travel corridor list are those with a seven-day coronavirus rate above 20 per 100,000 people.

Currently the UK’s coronavirus case rate is 17.1 per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

This is above Bulgaria, Sweden and Singapore which are all included on the UK’s quarantine list.

Last week, no changes were made to England’s list despite Portugal recording a higher case rate.

However, the UK was left divided after Scotland and Wales decided to take countries off their own respective lists.

Scotland and Wales are now requiring arrivals from Portugal and Greece to isolate for 14 days on their return.

Wales is only requiring those from six specific Greek islands to quarantine for 14 days which include Crete, Mykonos, Zante, Lesvos, Paros and Antiparos.

People arriving from French Polynesia will also have to quarantine if they arrive in Scotland.

Meanwhile, Gibraltar is included on Wales’ quarantine list.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps admitted this week that the quarantine rules across the UK are “confusing” for travellers.

Mr Shapps told BBC Breakfast that the quarantine rules were similar to how lockdown was handled across the UK – with Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England having slightly different approaches.

He said: “It is similar, unfortunately, with the quarantining where we look at the data and then we do speak, but, I’m afraid, quite often come to slightly different outcomes, which I appreciate is confusing for people.”

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