Wednesday, 23 Sep 2020

Belgium, Bahamas and Andorra added to UK quarantine list

Travellers returning to the UK from Belgium, the Bahamas and Andorra will have to quarantine for two weeks from Saturday.

The three countries have been removed from the government’s ‘safe list’ following a spike in coronavirus cases.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the new rule will come into force at 4am on August 8.

The destinations are the latest to be affected by a change in travel advice, after Spain and Luxembourg saw quarantines re-imposed last month.

The government said data from the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Public Health England indicated a significant change in both the level and pace of confirmed cases of coronavirus in all three countries, leading to ministers removing these from the current list of travel corridors.

There has been a consistent increase in Covid-19 cases per 100,000 in Belgium since the middle of July, while in Andorra, new cases per week have increased 5-fold in the past three weeks and in The Bahamas, the weekly case rate peaked at 78.6 last week, up from 3.1 in mid-July.

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