Coronavirus: Switzerland latest to join UK quarantine list


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Tourists wear masks as they walk on the Peak Walk suspension bridge of Glacier 3000, Les Diablerets, Switzerland

Travelers to Switzerland, Jamaica and the Czech Republic returning to the UK from 4:00 a.m. on Saturday must self-isolate for two weeks, the UK government has said.

He said the move was necessary to reduce infection rates in the UK.

People arriving in Scotland from Switzerland must already self-isolate.

Cuba, where there has been a drop in cases, will be added to the list of destinations from which people can return without entering quarantine.

The UK plans to impose quarantine conditions when a country’s infection rate exceeds 20 cases per 100,000 population for seven days.

The government said data showed there had been a “steady rise” in the weekly rate of cases in Switzerland over the past four weeks, with cases per 100,000 people rising from 18.5 to 22 over the past week. .

More than 1.6 million Britons traveled to Switzerland last year, according to the Swiss Tourism Federation. More than 300,000 British tourists visit the Czech Republic each year, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has also updated its travel advice on advising against all but essential travel to the Czech Republic, Jamaica and Switzerland.

There had been concerns about a growing number of Covid cases in Gibraltar, but it remains on the UK’s quarantine exemption list.

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