Greece holidays likely to be added to quarantine list as infection rate rises by over 150%

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Greece could be the latest country to be axed from the travel corridor list, according to a travel expert. The country’s infection rate has slowly risen over the last few weeks. Greece’s total case count is 60,570 at the time of writing with around 2,000 new cases being recorded each day.

Travel expert and CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency Paul Charles has been sharing key updates about the current travel situation on Twitter.

With the travel corridor list likely to be reviewed tomorrow by the Department for Transport, Mr Charles predicted who’s most likely to be removed from the safe list.

He said on Twitter: “Weds update: #Greece looks like being the last major #European hotspot to be added to the quarantine list tomorrow.

“Its test positivity is over eight percent and the 14-day infection rate has risen over 150 percent in two weeks. #Jamaica should really get its corridor back.”

Mr Charles has also been posting a table with countries’ case rates on Twitter which is colour-coded depending on their seven-day infection rate.

Greece is in the red zone on The PC Agency’s table.

Currently, Greece is on the travel corridor list which means Britons returning from there do not need to quarantine for 14 days.

But Greece’s seven-day infection rate per 100,000 people has risen dangerously which could see it axed from the “safe” list.

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According to the PC Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Greece has recorded 152.2 new cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

This is well above last week’s rate of 107.2 new cases per 100,000.

The infection rate is also above the UK’s alleged new threshold of 100 which is up from 20 in the summer.

Jamaica, which was removed from the travel corridor list earlier this year, could be added back to the list.

Currently, Jamaica is recording 9.4 new infections per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

Iceland and South Africa are also recording remarkably low seven-day infection rates which could see them added back to the travel corridor list.

England is currently in its second lockdown which means Britons cannot travel within the UK or abroad unless it’s for an essential reason.

The lockdown is expected to last until December 2.

Last week, Germany and Sweden were removed from the travel corridor list after their coronavirus infection rates spiralled out of control.

Denmark was later removed with immediate effect due to a coronavirus variant outbreak on mink farms.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement last week that the country would be “urgently” removed from the travel corridor list.

He said: “Health authorities in Denmark have reported widespread outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19) in mink farms, with a variant strain of the virus spreading to some local communities.”

Visitors from Denmark arriving in the UK will now be denied entry.

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