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Switzerland set to be added to UK’s quarantine list after spike in coronavirus cases

SWITZERLAND is set to become the next European country to be subject to the UK’s quarantine measures.

The country is currently recording a seven-day rate of 20.7 coronavirus cases per 100,000 of population and 20 is the threshold above which the UK Government considers triggering quarantine conditions.

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Scotland has already taken Switzerland off its list of countries from which people do not need to self-isolate on arrival and the rest of the UK could follow later this week.

The Czech Republic and Greece are also likely to have their Covid-19 figures under scrutiny this week.

Data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows the Czech Republic the seven-day rate is currently 17.9, up from 15.6 a week ago. In Greece the rate is 14.8, up from 13.5.

The 14-day quarantine came in for holidaymakers travelling from Spain on July 25.

Cases in France (36.4) and Spain (92.1) are yet to fall and it is unlikely they will be taken off the quarantine list anytime soon.

France was added to the quarantine list on August 15 – when an estimated 500,000 Brits were in the country.

It was was angered by the UK’s decision to quarantine arrivals from there on August 15 without warning.

In retaliation, it has confirmed it will impose quarantine on people arriving from the UK this week.

Clément Beaune, the European affairs minister, said that the measures were likely to come into force within days.

“The UK, in quite frankly an unco-operative manner, imposed on French and other travellers . . . a quarantine measure,” said Mr Beaune.

“We will take a measure that we call reciprocity so that our British friends do not close the border in one direction only.”

On Saturday, Croatia was added to the UK quarantine list following a spike in Covid-19 cases

Portugal was removed from the UK quarantine list after their new daily cases remained under 20 – but are not far behind Greece at 14.5

The government reviews the quarantine list every Thursday.

Travel expert Paul Charles – who tweets the seven-day case rate each day – reckons Greece, Portugal and Turkey are safe for now.

He tweeted: “#Greece very much still in the Green zone so should be okay for #UK tourists wanting to be back by 1st September and avoid #quarantine.

“#Croatia case numbers still worsening. #Switzerland almost in the Red zone.”

Since the government announced the travel corridors at the beginning of July a total of 14 countries have been removed.

This includes Spain and France as well as Croatia, Austria, Malta, Belgium, Netherlands, Monaco, Luxembourg, Andorra, Aruba, Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas, and Turks and Caicos.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has previously said: “And in order to put a country back in to the travel corridor, what we say is it needs to stay below that number for a couple of cycles. So a cycle is two weeks long for coronavirus.”

A total of six countries have been added to the ‘safe list’ and include: Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, St Vincent and the Grenadines.

British holiday makers have been warned to ‘only travel if you can quarantine’ after 20,000 were estimated to be on holiday in the Croatia when it was added to the list.

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