Greece holidays: Country likely to be added to quarantine list with lockdown imminent

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Greece has been a popular holiday spot with Britons this year and has remained on the UK’s safe list. However, this could soon change as the country’s infection rate continues to rise. The country has recorded 46,892 cases and just over 670 deaths at the time of writing.

According to local media, the country is expected to go into a second lockdown on Friday.

Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will address the nation at noon today to announce the government’s latest measures.

Yesterday, the country recorded a huge rise in new infections with 2,646.

Of the country’s cases, 4,271 have been linked to travel abroad.

Travel expert and CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency Paul Charles has been offering updates and advice regarding the UK’s travel corridor list.

Yesterday he tweeted: “Breaking: #Greece expected to go into national lockdown this Friday, after a record number of cases today.

“Details to be announced tomorrow lunchtime.”

He added: “I’ll be saying more on #Greece tomorrow, which saw record, daily positive infections yesterday of 2,166 cases.”

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

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

According to the PC Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Greece’s has recorded 107.2 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

This is above the UK’s threshold of 100 which is up from 20 in the summer.

However, Greece is not the only country at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list.

According to Mr Charles, Sweden and Germany are also at risk.

He tweeted yesterday: “Weds update: #Sweden sees its 7-day infection rate rise by 200 percent in a week.

“Both it and #Germany are firmly in the red zone for quarantine consideration.

“#France saw mortalities double in the last 24 hours, to 854 daily deaths.”

England has been plunged into a national lockdown today which has had an impact on travel.

The new guidance reads: “If you live in England, you cannot travel overseas or within the UK, unless for work, education or other legally permitted reasons, and you should look to reduce the number of journeys you make.”

Those returning from a country on the quarantine list back into England will still need to self-isolate for 14 days.

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