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After Switzerland, will the government bring back quarantine for Portugal and Greece?

Word of advice: look hard at the stats.

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Tens of thousands of would-be holidaymakers have been left disappointed – and facing a knotty insurance claim process – after the government reintroduced a 14-day quarantine for travellers returning from seven Greek islands including Crete, Santorini and Zante today, and all of Switzerland, Jamaica and the Czech Republic a fortnight ago.

Over the past couple of months, the British government has also reimposed quarantine restrictions for travellers returning from Croatia, Austria, Trinidad and Tobago, France, the Netherlands, Malta, Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, Andorra, the Bahamas, Aruba, Monaco and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Travellers returning from any of those countries must provide an address where they will self-isolate for 14 days (or risk a fine of up to £1,000 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, or £480 in Scotland). During those two weeks, they cannot go to work, school or any public place, nor have visitors – except for essential support.

So which badly-afflicted countries could be next? Grant Shapps, the British transport secretary, suggested on August 14 that any country recording more than 20 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period could lead to quarantine measures being reintroduced.

‘With France and these other countries, Netherlands and elsewhere, the numbers have now just gone above the threshold, which is about 20 cases per 100,000, but measured on a seven-day rolling average,’ Shapps told the BBC.

At that point, the cumulative number of cases per 100,000 over 14 days (a different but comparable measure) stood at 34 in France and 42 in the Netherlands, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 

Looking at updated figures, countries still on the travel-corridor list that appear to have higher levels than the UK right now include Ireland (33) and Italy (30). Greece’s cumulative number of cases has more than quadrupled in just over a month, from seven to 28 cases per 100,000 – suggesting the mainland and other Greek islands could soon join the seven already on the UK’s ‘quarantine’ list. Portugal, meanwhile, looks very likely to be re-added too, as cases currently stand at 44 for every 100,000 people. (The UK figure is 29.)

Another indication as to future removals, meanwhile, is whether Scotland or Wales have acted first in taking a country off their own travel-corridor list (as Scotland did, for example, in the case of Spain). As of last week, both countries are requiring travellers to self-isolate on their return from Portugal. In Scotland anyone flying back from Greece must also quarantine. These moves suggest England may soon follow suit.

As for the other countries, if those trajectories continue, then it is possible the government could bring back a travel quarantine. So basically: think very carefully (and look hard at the stats) before you book a foreign holiday in the weeks and months to come.

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