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UK News Switzerland could be next on UK quarantine list as two more EU countries near threshold

20:09  24 august  2020
20:09  24 august  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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a group of people standing on top of a mountain: Switzerland has reported its highest 24-hour increase in coronavirus cases since April © Getty Switzerland has reported its highest 24-hour increase in coronavirus cases since April

Switzerland could become the next country to join the UK's quarantine list following a spike in coronavirus cases.

The country's health minister Alain Berset said "the situation is under control, but remains fragile" after more than 300 new cases were recently reported in a 24-hour period - the highest increase since mid-April.

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Figures from the European Centre for Disease Prevention of the latest seven-day infection rate in Switzerland show there are now 20.7 cases per 100,000 people.

This is above the UK government's quarantine threshold of 20 cases per 100,000 people in a week.

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Scotland has already taken Switzerland off its list of countries from which people do not need to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival, and the rest of the UK could follow later this week.

The UK's quarantine list will no doubt to continue to change over the coming weeks and months © Sky The UK's quarantine list will no doubt to continue to change over the coming weeks and months

The number of coronavirus cases recorded in Switzerland stands at 39,903 - of which more than 2,000 have been recorded in the past 10 days.

The rate of infections is also growing in the Czech Republic and Greece - it stands at 17.9 per 100,000 people in the Czech Republic, up from 15.6 a week ago, and in Greece the rate is 14.8, up from 13.5.

Neither country has breached the UK threshold, but are now likely to have their COVID-19 figures more closely scrutinised by the British government.

However, the weekly infections rate is not the only indicator the government is using to determine which countries are removed from the safe list.

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Public Health England has told Sky News the risk assessment for each country is considered on an individual basis, and other factors including trends in incidence and deaths, prevalence, testing capacity and the positive test rate, as well as government actions and the quality of the data available, are considered.

Iceland is currently reporting the same seven-day rate as Greece (14.8) - but while in Greece there have been 1,589 new cases recorded in the past week, in Iceland there have been only 53.

Passengers walk past the departures timetable at the international airport in Split, Croatia, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. Due to latest Covid-19 situation, tourists returning to the UK from Croatia will have to self isolate for 14 days under changes revealed on Thursday. (AP Photo/Miroslav Lelas) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Passengers walk past the departures timetable at the international airport in Split, Croatia, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. Due to latest Covid-19 situation, tourists returning to the UK from Croatia will have to self isolate for 14 days under changes revealed on Thursday. (AP Photo/Miroslav Lelas)

Meanwhile in Ireland, the seven-day rate has risen from 11.4 to 14.9 - the highest since late May.

By contrast, the seven-day rate in the UK is currently 10.7.

Recent surges of coronavirus cases in countries such as Croatia and France saw ministers suddenly remove them from the UK's travel corridor list, sparking a mass exodus as tens of thousands of British tourists rushed back home to beat quarantine deadlines.

Stay alert to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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