Germany and Sweden are put on the government's red list of travel quarantine as Grant Shapps warns it is "critical" that Britain does not import coronavirus cases from abroad during the lockdown
- International travel is restricted during the four-week government lockdown
- However, ministers adhere to the system of travel corridors to avoid importing cases
- Both Germany and Sweden will be put on the "Red List" on Saturday from 4 a.m.
Germany and Sweden are placed on the government's travel quarantine "red list" as ministers insisted that it is "critical" that coronavirus cases not be imported into the country during the national lockdown.
International travel is restricted during the four-week shutdown across England as the government urges the nation to stay home as much as possible.
But Transport Secretary Grant Shapps stuck to the so-called "travel corridor" policy when he announced that people returning from Germany and Sweden would have to self-isolate for 14 days after 4am on Saturday.
Transport Minister Grant Shapps announced today that Germany and Sweden will be placed on the "red list" of travel quarantine.
Mr Shapps reminded people that travel outside the home is "not permitted" during the lockdown, except for "a limited number of reasons, including work or education".
He tweeted: “In accordance with new COVID-19 guidelines, outside of the home travel is not permitted during the lockdown for a limited number of reasons, including work or education.
& # 39; #TRAVELCORRIDORS remain critical to the government's COVID-19 response and keep imported cases DOWN.
& # 39; We are removing SWEDEN and GERMANY from the list of travel corridors.
If you are coming to the UK from these destinations starting Saturday 7th November at 4am you will need to self-isolate.
"All arriving passengers should complete a passenger search form upon arrival."
Germany's 7-day rate of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people hit 140 after nearly 20,000 cases were reported on Wednesday.
According to an analysis of data collected by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the rate for Sweden is 190 per 100,000.
The government had originally used a threshold of 20 cases per 100,000 to trigger a review of whether a country should be placed on the "Red List".
However, it is so that ministers are now using a rate of 100 cases per 100,000 to guide decision-making as there is an increase in infections in Europe.
The UK currently has a coronavirus infection rate of around 235 cases per 100,000 people.
The government remains under heavy pressure to shorten the 14-day self-isolation period.
Mr. Shapps has set up a task force to develop methods of reducing quarantine for people traveling from non-exempted locations.
He said the government was considering a "test and release system" that would still include a quarantine period of at least a week.