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Italy has remained popular with tourists this summer, after the country managed to get its coronavirus cases under control. Earlier in the year the country had one of the worst coronavirus infection rates in Europe. But now, it seems Italy has managed to keep its infection rate relatively low.
The country has recorded a total of 309,870 cases of coronavirus, at the time of writing.
This is below many of the country’s European counterparts such as Spain, France and the UK.
However, in recent weeks, Italy’s infection rates have been slowly climbing which could soon see it removed from the UK’s travel corridor list this week.
CEO of travel consultancy, The PC Agency Paul Charles has been posting daily updates on Twitter regarding countries’ COVID-19 infection rates.
Yesterday, Mr Charles pointed out tat Italy was “edging closer” to the “red zone”.
He said: “Sun update: #Poland follows #Sweden into the red zone as cases rise.
“#Italy edges closer, but it is a slow, steady increase rather than a spike.
“Encouragingly #SouthAfrica falls further towards the green zone.
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“Sadly, #Spain now averaging 105 #COVID19 deaths per day.”
Countries at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list are those with a weekly infection that is higher than 20 per 100,000 people.
Travellers wishing to enter the UK from a country not on the travel corridor list have to quarantine for 14 days on their arrival into the UK.
Currently, Italy’s infection rate is 19.1 per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
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The country’s infection rate is above South Africa and Bulgaria’s which are both on the quarantine list.
Other countries that could be at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list this week are Poland, Sweden and mainland Greece.
All three countries are currently on the UK’s travel corridor list but are recording infection rates above 20 per 100,000 people.
The UK government has been reviewing the travel corridor list on a weekly basis.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps posts updates on which countries the Government has axed from the list on Twitter each Thursday.
Last week, Denmark, Iceland Slovakia and the Caribbean island of Curacao were removed from the list after recording a surge in coronavirus cases.
Those returning to the UK must also show proof of a competed Passenger Locator Form (PLF).
Travellers may be refused permission to enter the UK or fined if they do not provide contact details or refuse to self-isolate.
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