UK Government Defends Spain Quarantine Move

Rising rate of coronavirus infections in Italy, mainland Greece and Denmark could see the countries added to the UK's quarantine list this week.

The move would cause havoc for thousands of British holidaymakers abroad - with the destinations following Portugal, Spain, France and several Greek islands on to the list of nations covered by quarantine restrictions.

The three countries are currently in the 'amber zone', but a rise in infections could shift the locations into the red zone of countries from which arrivals must self-isolate for 14 days upon return, reports MirrorOnline.

Latest figures show Denmark's cumulative number of cases over seven days at 28.7 infections per 100,000 people.

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This is over the Government's threshold of 20 but less than the UK's rate of 31.5.

Italy's new daily cases per 100,000 people are 16.5 and Greece is 15.4, newspapers have reported

The Department for Transport normally announces any additions to the quarantine list on Thursday evening with travellers allowed until 4am on Saturday to return before the new rules come into force.

Portugal was again subjected to quarantine restrictions at the weekend after the UK Government warned against all but essential travel to the country.

Quarantine restrictions on travellers returning from mainland Portugal to the UK were reintroduced less than a month after rules were relaxed.

Seven of the Greek islands were also added to the quarantine list in England last week.

A DfT spokesman explained: "We keep the data for all countries and territories under constant review and update our exemptions list with any changes on a regular basis."

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