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Travel latest news: Rise in cases pushes more countries closer to quarantine list

Denmark looks likely to be added to the UK’s ever-expanding quarantine list this week after a rise in positive tests saw its seven-day case rate climb to 34.8 per 100,000 people.

The country recorded 347 new infections on Monday, its highest daily figure since April, and two Covid-related deaths. Cases in Slovenia, where the seven-day rate has reached 26, and Ireland, where it is 27.1, are also on the rise. 

The Government reviews its quarantine policy every Thursday, with British travellers in newly-listed countries given until 4am the following Saturday to return to the UK or face two weeks of self-isolation. 

France, Spain, Malta, Belgium, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Austria, Jamaica and Switzerland are among the nations that have been ditched in recent weeks, along with mainland Portugal and a clutch of Greek islands. 

Meanwhile, the EU has proposed a new “traffic light” entry system, under which arrivals from any country with more than 50 Covid cases per 100,000 of the population over the past 14 days and a positive test rate above three per cent could face quarantine. The UK, with a 14-day rate of 51.1 and positive tests running at six per cent, would currently suffer under the system.

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