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Coronavirus: Portugal return to quarantine list would cause 'chaos and hardship'

Coronavirus: Portugal return to quarantine list would cause 'chaos and hardship'”

Travellers have been warned they will face "chaos and hardship" if Portugal is put back on the UK's coronavirus quarantine list. The Uk Authorities is assessing travel corridors for global locations that go the threshold of 20 circumstances for each 100,000.

If the number of cases per 100,000 tips over 20 in a country, it means quarantining rules will be considered.

The boss of the parent company of British Airways warned against reimposing restrictions on arrivals from Portugal.

He explained the "ever-shifting list" of global locations requiring quarantine suggests "the Uk has officially hung up the "Closed" sign", accusing the governing administration of "using arbitrary data to successfully ban 160 nations and in the system destroying the economy'".

There were 21.1 scenarios of COVID-19 for each 100,000 persons in Portugal for the 7 days to 30 August, up from 19.4 for the 7 days up to 29 August, Press Association news agency figures show.

"The government is using arbitrary statistics to effectively ban 160 countries and in the process destroying the economy".

Ministers have said this cautious approach prevents coronavirus cases being imported.

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Searches for flights to Portugal soared after the country was removed from the UK'squarantine list just over a week ago.

Internet users were specifically searching "flights to Portugal" at around 6pm on 20 August - shortly after the travel corridor was announced.

The Department for Transport has not commented on whether requirements for arrivals from Portugal will change in response to the rise in cases.

Meanwhile, travellers returning from countries including Switzerland, Jamaica and the Czech Republic as for 4am on Saturday are now required to self-isolate for 14 days after a surge of infection rates.

In July, the Portuguese government expressed "regret" at the UK's decision to continue to exclude it from the safe travel list.

Tourists returning to the United Kingdom from Portugal may be expected to quarantine for two weeks.



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