The Malta Independent 20 May 2024, Monday
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Britons scramble to get home amid fears Malta, other countries could be added to UK quarantine list

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 08:48 Last update: about 5 years ago

Holidaymakers are facing chaos and uncertainty amid fears France, Holland, Switzerland, Poland and Malta could be added to the quarantine list within days, the Daily Mail reports.

Amid an alarming surge in coronavirus cases on the continent, Boris Johnson warned yesterday that ministers will 'not hesitate' to reintroduce quarantine 'very rapidly' if infections continue to rise.

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An industry expert warned it may be the case that fresh restrictions are imposed on Holland, Switzerland, Poland and Malta, where case numbers are rising.

All returning passengers would have to self-isolate for 14 days.

An official announcement could come on Thursday night, after ministers are presented with the latest data in their weekly review of the quarantine list.

As of Sunday, France has a rate of 26 per 100,000, Poland is 23 and Switzerland 25. Yesterday Malta hit 58.6 cases per 100,000 and Holland 32.5, the Daily Mail reports.

The rates have been rising steadily over the last week, according to data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Malta has seen a steady rise in the number of cases in the past two weeks, jumping from three active cases to more than 400.

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