Portugal and Denmark could be added to travel quarantine list this week

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Portugal could be put back on England’s travel quarantine list this week as its coronavirus rate continues to increase.

The country is now in the ‘red zone’ with 24.3 cases per 100,000, according to travel expert Paul Charles from The PC Agency.

Holidaymakers returning from Portugal to Scotland and Wales are already required to self-isolate.

Denmark is also in danger of being removed from the ‘safe’ list after recording 19.4 cases per 100K.

And Italy is said to be under scrutiny after the number of cases continued to increase from 14.8 to 15.8.

The UK has also breached the threshold with the number of cases per 100,000 people currently standing at 21.3.

This has sparked fears that other countries will impose stricter restrictions on Brits travelling abroad.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps previously revealed that countries recording more than 20 Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people over the last seven days are at risk of having quarantine restrictions imposed. 

Portugal was finally removed from the quarantine list on August 20, meaning travellers no no longer have to self-isolate.

Thousands of holidaymakers booked flights for a last-minute summer holiday after the restrictions were lifted.

But restrictions could be reimposed on Thursday following a surge in cases.

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France, Spain, Croatia, Trinidad and Tobago, Austria, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos and Aruba, Andorra, Belgium and the Switzerland, Jamaica and the Czech Republic have also previously been removed.

Mr Shapps told Sky News: “Look there is a travel corridor list and I think it contains probably still about 55, 60 countries. It changes every week –  a country went on – Cuba went on – the list yesterday, or goes on at the weekend.

“So, they are there for a reason. However, when people travel at the moment when coronavirus is still a thing… just need to be aware that unfortunately things can change very quickly and, you know, if you go with your eyes open and you know that things can change, it won’t then come as so much as of a surprise.

“Though as I say, sometimes countries just move very quickly.”

Mr Shapps has previously said a range of factors are taken into account when the Joint Biosecurity Centre decided whether to add a country to the quarantine list.

They include: estimated prevalence of Covid-19 in a country; the level and rate of change in the incidence of confirmed positive cases; the extent of testing in a country, the testing regime and test positivity; the extent to which cases can be accounted for by a contained outbreak as opposed to more general transmission in the community; government actions and “other relevant epidemiological information”.

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