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Italy, Denmark and mainland Greece could be added to the coronavirus quarantine list this week


Italy, Denmark and mainland Greece could be added to the coronavirus quarantine list this week after a surge in infections

  • Denmark's number of cases in seven days is 28.7 infections per 100,000 people
  • This is above the government's 20 threshold but below the UK's 31.5 threshold
  • Italy recorded 16.5 cases per 100,000 population and Greece 15.4 yesterday

Denmark, Italy and mainland Greece are at risk of being quarantined this week after a surge in coronavirus infections.

Figures show that Denmark's cumulative number of cases over seven days – closely monitored by Downing Street – is now 28.7 infections per 100,000 people.

This is well above the government's quarantine threshold of 20, but less than the UK's rate of 31.5.

Denmark is at risk of being quarantined this week after a surge in coronavirus infections.

Italy recorded 16.5 cases per 100,000 population and Greece 15.4 yesterday.

This puts all three nations in the Amber Zone – places at risk of being put on the Red List of countries from which arrivals must self-isolate for 14 days.

Insiders say ministers may be reluctant to impose blanket restrictions on Italy but may insist on quarantining arrivals from Sicily as infections have skyrocketed.

Officials from the Joint Biosecurity Center, which monitors local outbreaks, will brief ministers later in the week.

Italy registered 16.5 cases per 100,000 population yesterday. Pictured: A masked audience sees the Scala Philharmonic orchestra in Milan on Sunday

Italy registered 16.5 cases per 100,000 population yesterday. Pictured: A masked audience sees the Scala Philharmonic orchestra in Milan on Sunday

The Department of Transportation usually announces new additions to the quarantine list on Thursday evening, so travelers can return by 4 a.m. on Saturday.

The addition of Italy and mainland Greece would wreak havoc for tens of thousands of Britons abroad and complete a summer of misery for struggling airlines.

The DfT has already imposed quarantine restrictions on seven Greek islands, but has not taken any measures on the mainland.

Greece is located in the Amber Zone, which means it can be added to the Red List of countries from which arrivals must self-isolate for 14 days

Greece is located in the Amber Zone, which means it can be added to the Red List of countries from which arrivals must self-isolate for 14 days

Last week, ministers re-quarantined Portugal, destroying the travel plans of 35,000 British vacationers.

Aviation bosses desperate for ministers to end the "quarantine roulette" and have supported the Daily Mail's campaign for a virus testing regime.

A DfT spokesman said: "We keep the data for all countries and regions up to date and regularly update our exception list with changes."

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