TRAVEL: Italy added to UK’s Covid-19 quarantine list as new cases rise

TRAVEL: Italy added to UK's Covid-19 quarantine list as new cases rise
Travellers at Rome's Fiumicino airport. File photo: AFP
Travellers to the UK from Italy will have to quarantine from Sunday under new rules.
Passengers arriving in Britain from Italy will have to self-isolate for 14 days from this weekend, the UK government said on Thursday as it updated its coronavirus travel list.
 
The quarantine requirement for travellers from Italy, San Marino and the Vatican State applies across the UK from 4:00 am (0300 GMT) on Sunday,
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.
 

But those coming to England from the Greek island of Crete will no longer have to self-isolate, according to the new list.
 
Italy joined other major tourist destinations on the list, including France and Spain, as a second wave of coronavirus sweeps Europe and triggers stricter
halth measures.
 
“Data has indicated the weekly cases and test positivity are increasing in Italy and so ministers have taken the decision to remove the destinations
(from the safe list),” the transport ministry said in a statement.
 
On October 7th, Italy made it mandatory for all arrivals from the UK to undergo testing for Covid-19 due to the UK's current infection rate.
 
 
Italy on Thursday reported a new record high daily number of new coronavirus cases, with 8,804 recorded within 24 hours.
 
The number of deaths doubled, from 42 on Wednesday to 84 on Thursday.
 
The number of coronavirus patients in intensive care in Italy rose by 47 to a total of 586.

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