Greece: Holiday spot could be next to join quarantine list after coronavirus cases surge

Greece has become a holiday favourite among Britons in recent weeks after Spain, France and Croatia were removed from the UK’s travel corridor list. But despite being a popular holiday spot, the country is still at risk of being added to the UK’s red list. Currently, the government is reviewing the list on a weekly basis.

Any changes to the list will be announced on Thursday.

Greece has only recorded 8,987 cases of coronavirus and 243 deaths, at the time of writing.

Last week, the country recorded 1,523 positive cases of COVID-19.

This was only a minor increase on numbers the week before.

But compared to July’s figures, the numbers are dramatically higher.

In fact, the country has recorded half of its total cases in just the last four weeks.

It’s cases per day are reportedly higher now than when the virus spiked back in April.

While the total case count is low, it’s cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period are slowly rising.

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Currently, the country’s rate is 14.9 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period. 

This is up from four cases per 100,000 just a month ago.

Greece’s case rate is currently behind Iceland, the Czech Republic, Austria and the Netherlands.

However, it is now above neighbouring Cyprus, Portugal, Poland, Turkey, Italy and Germany.

Although the figures seem high, the UK’s threshold for country’s being added to the quarantine list is those with a case rate higher than 20 per 100,000 people.

The UK government is also working in line with the Joint Biosecurity Centre to assess a number of additional criteria.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps explained the other criteria on Twitter.

He said: “Estimated prevalence of COVID-19 in a country; the level and rate of change in the incidence of confirmed positive cases; the extent of testing in a country; the testing regime and test positivity; the extent to which cases can be accounted for by a contained outbreak as opposed to more general transmission in the community; government actions; and other relevant epidemiological information.”

Greece has introduced local restrictions on some of its Greek islands which include Mykonos, Corfu, Rhodes and Crete.

Yesterday, the island of Lesvos imposed new restrictions which include bars and restaurants closing between midnight and 7am, and no gatherings of more than 50 people.

Currently, Britons heading to Greece do not need to quarantine on arrival or when they return to the UK.

But as witnessed previously with France and Croatia, the UK Government’s travel advice could change if infection rates continue to rise.

Anyone entering the country has to fill out a Passenger Locator Form 24 hours before they travel and show a QR code on their arrival.

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