Iceland’s rising infection rate now exceeds the UK’s quarantine threshold figure, with a seven-day case rate of 40.3 per 100,000 population. The number has more than doubled overnight, from 19.3.
The country now far surpasses the UK’s threshold of 20 cases per 100,000 – beyond which, quarantine restrictions are usually triggered.
Meanwhile, infection numbers in other ‘travel corridor’ destinations continue to climb. Greece, whose mainland is currently on the ‘safe list’ for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, has reported 18.1 cases per 100,000 population over the last seven days.
According to data gathered by the PC Agency, Italy and Sweden – which also have travel corridor status – recorded rates of 17 and 16.4 respectively last week. Cases in Denmark, which remains on the safe list despite breaking the threshold a fortnight ago, have reached 45.3.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to update the UK’s travel corridor list this Thursday.
Amid growing concerns for Britain’s own infection rate, staycations are also under threat. A three-week ‘circuit break’ lockdown, thought to be earmarked for October half term, is under consideration, while the ‘rule of six’ has rendered many UK holidays illegal already.
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