Poland, Turkey and the Caribbean Netherlands are the latest countries to be added to the UK’s travel quarantine list, after a rise in coronavirus cases.
All three countries now have rates above the 20 cases per 100,000 threshold used by the government to consider removing destinations from the quarantine-exemption list.
Poland has reported 25.9 new cases per 100,000 people, increasing from 15.6 in the previous week. Numbers for the Carribean Netherlands – which consists of the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba – and Turkey were not immediately available.
Earlier, there had earlier been suggestions that Italy could be added to the list, after its seven-day rate hit 20.4, up from 18.4 in the previous week.
Announcing the latest changes on Twitter, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps wrote: ‘The penalties for people who refuse to self-isolate are to be increased to a maximum of £10,000 for repeat offenders.’
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Mr Shapps added: ‘Data from Poland shows that test positivity has nearly doubled increasing from 3.9% to 5.8% alongside a rapid increase in weekly cases, causing the Joint Biosecurity Centre to update their recommendation.’
In recent weeks the Government has made the quarantine announcements on Thursday evenings, ahead of a 4am cut off on Saturday for arrivals back in the UK – which also applies this week.
Travellers who do not make it back in time will have to self-isolate for 14 days on their return.
It comes Mr Shapps last Thursday said passengers returning from Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia and the Caribbean island of Curacao would have to self-isolate on their return.
At the time, Denmark was recording a seven-day rate of 65.2 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people, up from 33.8 a week earlier.
Iceland and Slovakia had rates of 80.4 and 25.9 respectively, while Curacao was on 66.7.
Figures have been calculated by the PA news agency based on data collected by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
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