Italy could be added to quarantine list as it ‘records highest case numbers since May’

Italy suffered with high coronavirus case numbers at the beginning of the year. At one point the country was considered to have the highest case rate in Europe. But Italy managed to get its case rate under control and has remained on steady ground in recent months.

However, this could be set to change after the country recorded a sudden spike in cases.

Italy has recorded over 274,000 cases of coronavirus and over 35,500 deaths.

And now, the holiday hotspot has recorded “highest case number since May 3”.

The country reported 1,733 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours.

CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency Paul Charles has been tweeting daily updates regarding country’s coronavirus rates.

Today he said that Cyprus remains a “clear leader” for keeping coronavirus case rates low but that Italy is now in the amber zone.

He said: “Sat update: #Italy now in the Amber zone as it records highest case numbers since 3rd May.

“#Greece and #Turkey remain stable in the green zone.

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“#Cyprus remains a clear leader in #Europe for keeping cases low – what is it doing right that others aren’t?”

Mr Charles has been updating countries’ cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

Countries at risk of being removed from England’s travel corridor list are those with more than 20 cases per 100,000 people over a week.

However, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed this week that other factors are taken into account by the government when making quarantine decisions.

Mr Shapps tweeted on Thursday: “Travel Corridor factors taken into account by JBC & Ministers inc: COVID-19 prevalence; level & rate of change; extent of in-country tests, regime & test positivity; extent of contained outbreak as opposed to general transmission; govt actions & other epidemiological information.”

Italy edged into the amber zone with 15.3 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

However, this is still below the UK’s case rate.

The UK’s seven-day case rate is currently 16.1 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.

Italy is currently exempt from Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential international travel.

This means that Britons do not have to quarantine for 14 days on their return from Italy to the UK.

England did not announce any changes to its travel corridor list this week.

The list is being reviewed on a weekly basis, with announcements usually being made on a Thursday.

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