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Turkey, Poland and three Caribbean islands added to UK quarantine list

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Turkey, Poland and the Caribbean islands of Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba have been removed from the Government’s list of travel corridors.

Travellers arriving in the UK from those places after 4am on Saturday must self-isolate for 14 days, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Thursday.

Mr Shapps said on Twitter: “The latest data indicates we need to remove Turkey, Poland, and Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba from the #TravelCorridor list this week.

“This means if you arrive from these destinations from 4am Saturday 3 October, you will need to self-isolate.”

Turkey, Poland, Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba have also been removed from the Scottish Government’s list of travel corridors, said Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf.

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He also added that the penalties for people who refuse to self-isolate are to be increased to a maximum of £10,000 for repeat offenders.

He added that Scotland will also align with other UK nations and add Madeira and the Azores to the list of destinations now exempt from quarantine requirement.

Mr Shapps said: « Data from Poland shows that test positivity has nearly doubled increasing from 3.9 per cent to 5.8 per cent alongside a rapid increase in weekly cases, causing the Joint Biosecurity Centre to update their recommendation. »

Figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control revealed a surge of coronavirus cases in Poland and Italy.

The seven-day rate of new Covid-19 infections per 100,000 people in Italy is now at 20.4, up from 18.4 in the previous week.

Poland also reported 25.9 new cases per 100,000 people, increasing from 15.6 in the week prior.

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A commuter wearing a protective mask waits for a train inside the Nuevos Ministerios metro station, on the first day mask usage is mandatory in public transport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain

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Students Lea Karner and Dorian Di Giorgio arrive to the Akademisches Gymnasium high school on their bicycles in Vienna on the day of the reopening of high schools in the country after more than a month of closure due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

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Workers at a hair salon work on customers, all wearing face masks to prevent the spread of new coronavirus in Athens

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Commuters wearing protective face masks stand on a platform of the metro station on Syntagma square, on the first day of easing of a nationwide lockdown against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Athens, Greece

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Commuters sit in a coach at the Cardona underground metro station, with red circles on the ground indicating where to stand to maintain distance in mILAN

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People walk on a street of the Balearic island of Formentera which will begin from Monday (May 4) de-escalation stage where outdoor areas of bars and restaurants can open at half occupancy, while groups of up to 10 people will be allowed in public places and in homes, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak on the island of Formentera, Spain

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A thermal camera (Top L) scans the body temperature of commuters arriving from regional trains at the Cardona railway station in Milan

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Students arrive to the Akademisches Gymnasium high school in Vienna on the day of the reopening of high schools in the country after more than a month of closure due to the new coronavirus pandemic

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Olga Prades helps bride Isabel Jimenez try on a wedding dress, as they both wear protection masks and gloves, at her bridal shop Innovias, on the first day that some small businesses are allowed to open during lockdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain

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Mirel Chetan and Elena Banaseanu clean and disinfect the books of the Antonio Machado bookstore on the first day of attention to the public after 51 days of closure due to the COVID 19 coronavirus on May 04, 2020 in Madrid, Spain

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A mouth mask obligation publicity at Simonis subway station in Brussel

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A shop assistant attends a client at a camera shop in Barcelona

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Workers at a hair salon work on customers, all wearing face masks to prevent the spread of new coronavirus in Athens

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A commuter wearing a protective mask waits for a train inside the Nuevos Ministerios metro station, on the first day mask usage is mandatory in public transport, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain

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Students Lea Karner and Dorian Di Giorgio arrive to the Akademisches Gymnasium high school on their bicycles in Vienna on the day of the reopening of high schools in the country after more than a month of closure due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

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Commuters enter the Cardona underground metro station, with the way out clearly marked in Milan

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Commuters wearing protective face masks exit the metro station on Syntagma square, on the first day of easing of a nationwide lockdown against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Athens, Greece

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Workers at a hair salon work on customers, all wearing face masks to prevent the spread of new coronavirus in Athens

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Commuters arrive from regional trains at the Cardona railway station in miLAN

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Commuters wearing protective face masks leave the platforms of the metro station on Syntagma square, on the first day of easing of a nationwide lockdown against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Athens, Greece,

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Commuters wearing protective face masks stand on a platform of the metro station on Syntagma square, on the first day of easing of a nationwide lockdown against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Athens, Greece

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Travellers wait for a train at the Cardona railway station in Milan

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Commuters exit a coach at the Cardona underground metro station, with red circles on the ground indicating where to stand to maintain distance in Milan

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A seven-day rate of 20 new cases is the threshold above which the UK Government considers triggering quarantine conditions.

It comes after Mr Shapps announced last Thursday that passengers returning from Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia and the Caribbean island of Curacao would have to self-isolate on their return.

At the time, Denmark was recording a seven-day rate of 65.2 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people, up from 33.8 a week earlier.

Iceland and Slovakia had rates of 80.4 and 25.9 respectively, while Curacao was on 66.7.

The travel industry has been badly hit by quarantine restrictions.

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Chris Grayling warned on Monday that the sector is facing “mass job cuts” around the country as it is “barely able to operate” as a result of the virus.

Speaking in the Commons, the Conservative MP said: “It does not need to be like this because there are ways in which we can at least get part of this industry going again.

“I’d call on ministers to work with the industry to do at least a trial of testing at the airport and before people fly.

“I understand their concerns, I understand it may not solve all the problems but nothing we do at the moment is going to be perfect.

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“But at least let us try testing on some key routes, track very carefully what happens to the passengers on those routes, see if there really is a problem and establish whether we can make airport testing work to allow the airline industry to get going, not just locally within Europe but some of the international routes that are so important to them.”

Mr Grayling earlier used his speech to warn against a “one-size-fits-all” approach to to lockdown unless absolutely necessary, adding: “It’s much easier for all of us to defend what the Government is doing, the difficult steps it’s having to take, if we can see that it’s applying the rules where they are most needed and not applying them where they’re not needed.”

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