Switzerland, Jamaica and the Czech Republic added to the UK quarantine list giving holidaymakers until 4am on Saturday to get home or face self isolating for 14-day – but Cuba is given the all clear
- Travellers arriving in the UK after 4am on Saturday will have to self-isolate
- Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made the announcement this evening
- But in good news for other holidaymakers, Cuba has been removed from the list
Britons on holiday in Switzerland, Jamaica and the Czech Republic face a mad dash to get home after they were added to the UK’s quarantine list.
Travellers arriving in the UK after 4am on Saturday from those nations will have to self-isolate for 14 days, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced this evening.
But in good news for other holidaymakers, Cuba has been removed from the quarantine list, he announced.
The Government held its weekly review of travel measures today with an announcement likely to be made this evening on any changes.
The UK has said that any country which records more than 20 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people in a seven-day period will be subject to a travel ban and the 14 day self-isolation requirement for returning travellers.
Writing on Twitter Mr Shapps said: ‘Data shows we need to remove the Czech Republic, Jamaica and Switzerland from our list of #Coronavirus Travel Corridors to keep infection rates DOWN.
Satats showed that Jamaica was dangerously close to the threshold for quarantine with a seven day rate of 19.8 per 100,000 before the decision was made
Switzerland has also been added to the list of quarantine nations
‘If you arrive in the UK after 0400 Saturday from these destinations, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days.
‘Data also shows we can now add Cuba to those countries INCLUDED in Travel Corridors. As with all air bridge countries, please be aware that things can (and do sometimes) change quickly. Only travel if you are content to unexpectedly 14-day quarantine on return.’
The latest statistics showed the seven-day rate in the Czech Republic is now at 19.4 cases per 100,000, up from 16 a week ago and only just below the threshold.
Jamaica was appears to be dangerously close to the threshold with a seven day rate of 19.8 per 100,000.
However, Italy remains on the UK Government’s safe travel list. The case rate in Italy stands at just 10.8 per 100,000 which suggests the country is very unlikely to face action in the coming weeks.
Greece now also appears likely to stay on the safe list for the moment.
While the rate has ticked upwards in both countries, neither of them are near the UK’s threshold for banning non-essential travel.
In Greece, the latest seven-day rate is 14.1 cases per 100,000 – roughly the same as a week ago (14.3), but up from where it was two weeks ago (10.1).
The latest figures were calculated based on data collected by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
In full: The countries which are not on the UK’s quarantine list
The Government has imposed quarantine restrictions on numerous countries in recent weeks.
Below is the latest list of nations which are still viewed by the UK as safe to travel:
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, French Polynesia, Gibraltar, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macao, Malaysia, Mauritius, Montserrat, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, St Barthélemy, St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Pierre and Miquelon, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Turkey, Vatican City State, Vietnam.
WHAT ARE THE CORONAVIRUS INFECTION RATES IN THE AT-RISK COUNTRIES?
The latest figures were calculated by the Press Association, based on data collected by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
Ministers have claimed countries with a seven-day rate of 20 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people will be hit with quarantine conditions.
MailOnline asked the Department for Transport to explain how it calculates the figures because the ECDC only gives a 14-day rate and different data sources give varying estimates.
Switzerland is already over the threshold, with a seven-day rate of 21.2, PA claims.
Separate figures from Our World in Data, a project ran by Oxford University researchers who track the pandemic, show its infection rate is 21.91, up to August 27. The website claims the country, home to around 8.6million people, recorded 1,878 cases between August 21 and 27.
The Czech Republic is currently recording a seven-day rate of 19.4 cases per 100,000, PA claims, up from 16 a week ago.
Our World in Data statistics — from the ECDC — show the infection rate in the country, home to 10.7million people, is actually above the threshold (20.14). It recorded 2,153 cases between August 21 and 27, the website claims.
Jamaica, home to around 2.9million people, also appears to be dangerously close to the threshold with a seven day rate of 19.8 per 100,000, PA claims.
Our World in Data figures suggest it has already tipped the safe limit, with an infection rate of 20.85. It recorded 612 cases over the past seven days, the website claims.
AND WHAT ABOUT ITALY?
Italy is widely expected to remain on the UK Government’s safe travel list.
PA says its case rate stands at just 10.8 per 100,000 which suggests the country is very unlikely to face action in the coming weeks.
Our World in Data data suggests it is slightly higher, with 12.03 cases for every 100,000 people up to August 27. Italy, home to 60.4million people, saw 7,262 cases last week, according to the website.
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