Monday, 7 September 2020

Seven Greek islands to go on the quarantine list

It has been confirmed by the UK's Transport Secretary Grant Shapps that new arrivals from seven Greek islands will have to self-isolate for 14 days from 04:00 BST on Wednesday coming into England.

By stipulating just the islands, ushers in a new method for the UK government to ascribe quarantine measures to islands and regions rather than countries as a whole, which was the previous method. 

Shapps said better data would help to pinpoint risks on popular islands, which would provide "increased flexibility" to add or remove them from the travel corridor list as infection rates change. It would also help the UK travel industry whilst continuing to keeping the travelling public safe.

The Greek islands are Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos, and Zakynthos.  (also known as Zante).

As expected, Shapps didn't remove the Canary or Balearic Islands from the quarantine list, citing the high infection rates and the danger that poses to returning holidaymakers. 

Whilst the UK government has currently ruled out blanket testing on arrival in England, Shapps did say  "Officials are now working with health experts with the aim of cutting the quarantine period without adding to infection risk or infringing our overall NHS test capacity,".

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