A handful of European countries could be removed from the UK’s shrinking quarantine-free list as new cases rise across the continent.
The Czech Republic reported 506 positive tests on Friday, its highest daily rise since the start of the pandemic, while Switzerland has seen new cases climb above 300 a day twice this week, a four-month record. Both countries, along with Iceland, are edging perilously close to the UK’s quarantine threshold of 20 per 100,000 residents over a one-week period (17.8, 19.8 and 16.5, respectively).
Three other countries, the Faroe Islands (88 per 100,000), Gibraltar (71.2) and Liechtenstein (21) have already crossed the threshold, so could also find themselves entering the quarantine conversation next week. The Government reviews the list every Thursday.
Italy, meanwhile, saw daily infections exceed 1,000 for the first time in three months yesterday, raising fears that another holiday summer favourite could be lost. However, its seven-day case rate still remains around half that of the UK.
Since the Government announced its first batch of travel corridors at the beginning of July, six countries have been added (Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, St Vincent and the Grenadines) but 14 have been removed (Spain, France, Croatia, Austria, Malta, Belgium, Netherlands, Monaco, Luxembourg, Andorra, Aruba, Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas, and Turks and Caicos).
See below for the latest updates.