Portugal warning: Country ‘surely’ to be added to quarantine list today as UK review looms

Portugal has seen a sudden increase in coronavirus infections over the last few days. The government is considering putting countries on the quarantine list whose seven-day infection rate is above 20 per 100,000 of the population. Currently, Portugal’s coronavirus case rate is 25.8 per 100,000 people, putting it above the UK’s preferred threshold.

Another country who could be axed from the travel corridor list today is Denmark which moved into the red zone yesterday.

The country has recorded a case rate of 21.9 per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

Other countries who could be at risk or on the UK “watch list” are Italy and Bulgaria.

Italy’s figures are still below 20 but have risen significantly over the last week.

The government announced this week that it would be taking a more targeted approach to quarantine.

Individual islands in other countries – such as Spain, Italy and Portugal – could remain exempt from quarantine or not depending on their case numbers.

CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency Paul Charles told The Sun who he thought could be axed from the travel corridor list today.

He said: “I think the weekly review this week may add Denmark which is now in the red zone due to its higher case numbers in recent days.

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“And sadly Portugal this week will surely be added because of its very high case numbers in the last 24 hours. Over 600 cases added during that period.

“It is doing a lot more testing of its population but it’s seeing a similar trajectory to France and Spain before their very high numbers took off.

“You may see the government flexing its muscles on the new island corridor policy.

“So potentially Sardinia and Sicily could be added to the quarantine list.

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“But the good news is that mainland Greece continues to fall down further into the green zone. And then you may get a surprise.

“A country like Singapore, hugely popular as a long-haul destination could finally be taken off the quarantine list because its case numbers now are very low indeed. So, let’s see what the government does.”

Scotland and Wales have already put Portugal on their quarantine lists.

But the Welsh government decided to keep a travel corridor in place with the Azores and Madeira.

Today, Grant Shapps implied on Sky News that a possible decision regarding Portugal’s fate on the travel corridor list had been made.

Mr Shapps said that they will be musing the latest “scientific evidence from the Joint Biosecurity Centre” to make the quarantine decision.

He said: “We do now have the ability to analyse island data in much more detail.

“So, we’ve been able to, with Greece for example, not to exclude the whole of Greece, but remove seven islands.

“We will be able to look at islands in other places, notably the Portuguese and Spanish islands.”

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