The government plans to introduce a traffic light system which would classify countries as safe or not, based on the prevalence of coronavirus.
The countries will either be classified in green, which means that they are safer than the United Kingdom; amber, which means they are less safe than green countries; or red, which will force all passengers to return to stay isolated for fifteen days.
He intervenes as the European Union is also finalizing a list of countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter.
The British government’s “airlift” destination list is not yet known, but countries should be classified as follows.
Green or amber
For comparison, the infection rate in the UK over two weeks – that is, the number of new cases per 100,000 in the previous 14 days until June 22 – is 27.3 .
Current two-week infection rate (as of June 22): 5.8 cases / 100,000 people
France has experienced a significant drop in the number of COVID-19 cases over the past fortnight and recently reopened the Eiffel Tower, indicating its desire to see the tourism sector revived.
Current two-week infection rate: 2.5 cases / 100,000 people
Greece expressed its wish to open an airlift last week, a sign of the country’s readiness to reopen to tourists, citing its generally low levels of coronavirus infection. Despite this, cases have increased sharply in the past fortnight, compared to the previous one.
Current two-week infection rate: 10.1 cases / 100,000 people
The hard-hit Spanish tourism sector had to receive a moral boost from King Felipe VI last week, who visited a beach in the Canary Islands, after the pulverization of his hotel industry. The country has one of the highest death rates in the world, but infections are declining steadily.
Current two-week infection rate: 6.3 cases / 100,000 people
Italy is another country ravaged by the disease, with many epidemics across Europe blamed on people from northern Italy. He saw infection rates continue to drop.
Current two-week infection rate: 11.7 cases / 100,000 people
The Dutch government announced last week that it would further loosen the foreclosure measures to allow group visits to restaurants and certain sports crowds, after the country experienced a modest but sustained decline in the number of cases.
Current two-week infection rate: 21.3 cases / 100,000 people
Turkey said its daily infections are higher than expected but are not severe enough to warrant the reintroduction of relaxed restrictions, having seen rates – which are still quite high – drop significantly.
Current two-week infection rate: too low to be statistically significant
Although infection rates in Croatia since the start of the crisis are relatively low – 56.7 cases / 100,000 in total – the number of reported infections has fluctuated sharply, with 70 during the fortnight until June 22 and only 3 in the previous two weeks. .
Current two-week infection rate: 2.9 cases / 100,000 people
Infection rates in Finland are improving significantly, with almost 60% fewer cases during the fortnight until June 22 compared to the previous fortnight.
Current two-week infection rate: 11.6 cases / 100,000 people
Belgium has the worst death rate in the world and had a high infection rate during the European peak, but in recent weeks the rates have dropped steadily.
Current two-week infection rate: 6.7 cases / 100,000 people
In addition to localized outbreaks, such as at a meat processing plant in the Gutersloh region, Germany saw its rates decline slowly, from a relatively low level at the start.
Current two-week infection rate: 3.7 cases / 100,000 people
Norway locked out early, which seems to have paid off, as rates are relatively low overall and rates continue to fall slowly.
Current two-week infection rate: 43.2 cases / 100,000 people
Portugal, which seemed to be less affected early on than its Spanish neighbor, has seen these rates go up in recent weeks, so that in the past two weeks it has one of the worst infection rates in Europe. There have been reports of people violating lock restrictions.
Current two-week infection rate: 111.7 cases / 100,000 people
Worse still than Portugal and Sweden, with a rate of two weeks approaching that of many South American countries, after the country was criticized for failing to lock in the same way as other nations.
It is not known whether the United States will be classified in red, but the fact that its infection rate over two weeks is almost as high as that of Sweden, and it should not be included in the EU list of countries whose citizens can enter the EU, the suggests may also be listed in red.