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Coronavirus: Seven Greek islands added to England’s quarantine list

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Travellers arriving in England from seven Greek islands will have to self-isolate for 14 days from 04:00 BST on Wednesday, Grant Shapps has said.

The islands affected are Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete and Zakynthos (also known as Zante).

Mr Shapps said “enhanced data” allowed the UK to pinpoint risk in islands, providing flexibility to add or remove them as infection rates change.

Travellers arriving in Wales from six Greek islands must already quarantine.

The Scottish government has imposed quarantine restrictions on the whole country of Greece.

Speaking to MPs in the Commons, the transport secretary said: “Through the use of enhanced data we will now be able to pinpoint risk in some of the most popular islands, providing increased flexibility to add or remove them – distinct from the mainland – as infection rates change.

“This development will help boost the UK’s travel industry while continuing to maintain maximum protection to public health, keeping the travelling public safe.”

Mr Shapps said the coronavirus infection rate was still too high in Spain’s Balearic and Canary Islands.

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