Wales has added the Greek Islands of Santorini, Serifos and Tinos to its quarantine list. People travelling to Wales from the Greek Islands must now quarantine for 14 days from their arrival in Wales. The new restrictions have been put in place due to a “rising number” of coronavirus cases in these areas, according to the Welsh Government said.
Health Minister Vaughan Gething said he had made the decision after reviewing assessments by the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC).
The new measures came into force at 4am this morning.
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Mr Gething has previously said that an “element” of coronavirus transmission in Wales is from people travelling back from Europe.
Wales has recorded the highest number of positive COVID-19 cases in months.
A local lockdown has even come into force in Caerphilly which is expected to last into next month.
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It comes as the UK government revealed it would be taking a new regional approach to its quarantine policy.
Greece: The new measures came into force at 4am this morning
Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis said that England’s decision on Monday was “unfortunate”.
He told Telegraph Travel: “It’s an unfortunate decision that we hope can be reversed or mitigated in due time.
“We feel we are doing everything in our power to keep people safe and we have the numbers to prove it.”
The move has left Britons fuming after thousands rushed home to avoid quarantine.
Holidaymakers took to Twitter to express their anger at the situation.
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One user said: “The @GOVUK are a joke. Crete had 4 cases yesterday.
“The UK has nearly 3,000. And we have to quarantine on the way home. Makes no sense.”
Another said: “Here in Eastern Crete there has been a mass exodus of (presumably) working Brits to try to get home by 4pm today so that they do not have to quarantine.
“All flights were quickly booked and of course all flight prices quickly went up to double and triple. I’m still here.”
Another said: “Nearly 2 hours on the phone trying to change our flights to Crete next year. Same destination, same time of year, same seats. £167 extra.”
Source:Daily Express :: Travel Feed