More countries at risk of joining quarantine list as cases rise in Europe


A a few European countries could be removed from the UK’s shrinking non-quarantine list as new cases multiply on the continent.

The Czech Republic reported 506 positive tests on Friday, its biggest daily increase since the start of the pandemic, while Switzerland has seen new cases climb above 300 a day twice this week, a four-month record. Both countries, along with Iceland, are getting dangerously close to the UK’s quarantine threshold of 20 per 100,000 population over a one-week period (17.8, 19.8 and 16.5, respectively).

Three other countries, the Faroe Islands (88 per 100,000), Gibraltar (71.2) and Liechtenstein (21) have already crossed the threshold and therefore could also find themselves in the conversation about quarantine next week. The government reviews the list every Thursday.

Italy, meanwhile, saw daily infections surpass 1,000 for the first time in three months yesterday, raising fears that another summer vacation favorite was lost. However, its seven-day case rate remains around half that of the UK.

Since the government announced its first batch of travel corridors in early July, six countries have been added (Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) but 14 have been deleted (Spain, France , Croatia, Austria, Malta, Belgium, Netherlands, Monaco, Luxembourg, Andorra, Aruba, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands).

See below for the latest updates.


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