Coronavirus: Cyprus and Lithuania added to UK’s COVID-19 quarantine list

Cyprus and Lithuania have been added to the UK’s coronavirus quarantine list.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that travellers returning from these countries will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

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The measures will come into force from 4am on Sunday, applying to people arriving in the UK.

No countries were added to the list of those that are exempt from quarantine measures.

The move to put Cyprus and Lithuania on the quarantine list comes after the seven-day rate of coronavirus cases increased in both countries.

Cyprus currently has a rate of 112 cases per 100,000 people while Lithuania has 140 cases per 100,000 people, according to data collected by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

The UK currently has a seven-day rate of 230 cases per 100,000 people.

The government is believed to be using a rate of 100 as the threshold above which quarantine measures are considered, a rate of 20 was previously being used.

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There were concerns Germany, which currently has a rate of 107 cases per 100,000 people, would be added to the quarantine list. However, it remains on the exemption list.

A number of holiday hotspots have been removed from the quarantine exemption list, including France, Spain and Italy.

Last week it was announced that travellers returning from The Maldives, Canary Islands, Mykonos and Denmark would not be required to self-isolate.

Fines for people not self-isolating when returning from affected countries begin at £1,000 and can increase to £10,000 if COVID-19 rules are persistently breached.

A recent survey found that the infection rate among people who travelled abroad within the last 30 days was around the same as the infection rate for people who remained in the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Public Health England (PHE) told Sky News in September the risk assessment for each country is considered on an individual basis.

The weekly infection rate is weighted against the trends in incidence and deaths, prevalence, and information on a country’s testing capacity.

The positive test rate, which is the proportion of tests with a positive result, is also used to help understand the severity of the pandemic in each country.

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