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Portugal could be added to UK quarantine list, holidaymakers rush home

The quarantine was declared safe by the UK Government just two weeks ago but coronavirus cases have soared

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Quarantine measures could be reimposed on British holidaymakers returning from Portugal due to a rise in Covid-19 cases.

There were 21.1 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in Portugal in the seven days to August 30, up from 19.4 in the seven days to August 29.

A seven-day rate of 20 is the threshold above which the UK Government considers triggering quarantine conditions.

Searches for flights to Portugal soared after the country was removed from the UK’s quarantine list less than a fortnight ago.

Now British holidaymakers are rushing to book early flights home with direct flights from Faro to London – starting at £250 – going fast, according to the Daily Mail.

Passengers arriving in the UK from Portugal no longer had to self-isolate from 4am on Saturday August 22 after an approved travel corridor was confirmed.

A decision on adding Portugal to the quarantine list could be made on Thursday as part of the weekly travel review.

Writing in The Times, Willie Walsh, chief executive of…

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