BREAKING: Italy to impose a quarantine on British travellers
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In a major blow to tourism, Italy has imposed a quarantine on all arriving British tourists as a new, more virulent strain of COVID-19 continues to spread in the United Kingdom.
The news was fist reported by British newspaper Independent.
All British holiday makers will need to self-isolate for five days on arrival.
Roberto Speranza is Italy’s health minister, and made the announcement on Facebook:
“I signed a new order that:
1) allows entry from the European Union countries and the United States, Canada and Japan with Green Certificate requirements;
2) extends entry ban measures from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka;
3) introduces a 5 day quarantine with swab obligation for those from Great Britain.”
The new rules go into effect on Saturday 19 June, a health ministry spokesman told Reuters.
Italy remains on the U.K.’s “amber” list of countries meaning British citizens returning from Italy are required to quarantine for 10 days.
The news comes as the so-called “Delta variant” strain of coronavirus continues to spread in the U.K. despite increasing rates of vaccination. Reuters reporting today Public Health England data shows a 79% week-over-week increase in cases of the new COVID-19 strain first identified in India. Fortunately there has not been a corresponding rise in hospitalisations.
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According to Our World in Data and aggregated by Google, 46% of people in the United Kingdom have been fully vaccinated. Just today, anyone over the age of 18 can now get a vaccine in England.
Jenny Harries, Chief Executive, of U.K.’s Health Security Agency, told Reuters, “It is encouraging to see that hospitalisations and deaths are not rising at the same rate but we will continue to monitor it closely.”
Several countries are increasing travel restrictions on British travellers due to fears over the new virus strain that is linked to rising COVID-19 cases.
International travel from Ireland is supposed to resume from 19 July. There is no quarantine required for Irish visitors going to England.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated shortly.
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