By Damon Mitchell • 03 September 2020 • 16:45
WITH news that Portugal could be about to lose its air bridge privileges and return to the UK government’s ‘red list’ forcing British travellers into a 14-day quarantine on their return to the UK you may be asking ‘Who’s next?’
The UK’s air bridge scheme was a godsend when the lockdown began to ease off in July as it allowed those Brits with itchy feet who were in desperate need of a change of scenery to set out for the sun.
It also helped with the panic-stricken air and tourism industry by showing them that all was not lost and they had the support of the government.
The air bridge scheme supplied a list of several places across the globe that holidaymakers could visit without the fear of having to self-isolate for two weeks upon their return.
Now, as well as the news regarding Portugal, Greece could be the next place on the UK government’s ‘red list’ due to their surge in Covid infections.
The Scottish government have already announced that, as of Thursday, those holidaying there will face a 14-day quarantine on their return.
Other recent additions to the UK government’s ‘red list’ have been Austria, Croatia and Trinidad and Tobago.
So, before we reach the imminent quarantine review, here are some of the reasons that may be forcing the UK government’s hand.
It should be noted that the seven-day rate which the UK government has considered triggering quarantine conditions is 20.
Greece has seen a jump to 14.3 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people, which is up from 14.1 the week before.
Portugal has seen a rise in coronavirus cases in the past week with the seven-day coronavirus cases rate zooming up to 22.7 from 14.2 the previous week.
The rate in France has grown from 17 per 100,000 to 26 per 100,000 in the same amount of time.
Italy, who suffered from some of the highest figures at the beginning of the virus, is at 14.8 cases per 100,000, which is an increase from just 10.0 a week ago.
Croatia, was recently added to the quarantine list are still increasing with 10.4 on August 12 to 27.4 on August 19 and 30 per 100,000 on August 25.
Reviews were originally slated for every three weeks but due to such increases, the government has now confirmed that these will take place every week.
It has also been confirmed that countries can be added or removed from the UK government’s ‘red list’ at a moment’s notice.
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