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More European countries look set to join the UK’s quarantine list later today, potentially leaving Britons with just one restriction-free holiday option: Gibraltar.
Both Italy and Sweden look set to lose their travel corridors after experiencing surging infection rates.
The Italian caseload has shot up in the last week, and now stands at 28.5 per 100,000 people (last Thursday it was hovering on the UK government’s ‘safe’ threshold of 20), while the rate in Sweden is currently 36 per 100,000 people.
Both countries were in the firing line this time last week, but escaped quarantine restrictions as Turkey and Poland were placed back on the ‘red list’ of countries from which arrivals in the UK must self-isolate for 14 days.
Meanwhile Greece, which is still open to Britons with the exception of seven islands, is due to update its own quarantine list this morning. With the UK’s caseload now at 126 per 100,000, it seems likely that the Greek government will introduce new travel restrictions.
Germany has already added Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and large parts of northern England to its list of high-risk destinations.
Grant Shapps will announce the changes to the UK’s quarantine list later today at his weekly travel corridor update.