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Portugal not added to England quarantine list

Portugal will not be added to the UK government’s quarantine list despite a rise in cases.

Britons in Portugal had said they were anxiously awaiting a decision by the UK government as ministers discussed the travel restrictions.

Cases in Portugal have risen in the past week beyond the threshold at which ministers generally consider imposing 14-day mandatory self-isolation.

The decision covers England. Different parts of the UK may decide differently.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “There are no English additions or removals today.

“We continue to keep the travel corridor list under constant review and won’t hesitate to remove countries if needed,” he added.

“Nonetheless, holidaymakers are reminded – 14-day quarantine countries can and do change at very short notice.”

Meanwhile, Scotland has reintroduced isolation measures for arrivals from Greece.

In Wales, arrivals from the Greek island of Zakynthos have been told to quarantine for 14 days following a number of cases linked to the popular tourist destination.

Changes to the rules for arrivals from Greece coming to England were also considered by ministers – but Greece will stay on the safe list for now.

In Portugal, the seven-day infection rate has increased from 15.3 to 23 per 100,000 people.

A seven-day rate of 20 is the threshold above which the UK government generally considers triggering quarantine conditions.

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