The Government published a list of “lower risk” countries which can be visited without the need to self-isolate on returning to England.
Travellers entering the UK from a select group of countries were permitted to avoid the mandatory 14-day quarantine for returnees.
However, in the past few weeks, more countries have been removed from that list as rates of infection jump in various countries across Europe amid fears of a second spike across Europe.
People entering the UK from France and the Netherlands now face a 14-day quarantine when they arrive.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the measure, which also applies to people travelling from Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos, and Aruba would start at 4am on Saturday.
Malta and the Netherlands currently have higher weekly rates than France and are more similar to Spain and Belgium.
According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Spain has the highest 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people.
The data is as follows for the top 10 countries regarding infection rates across Europe:
- Spain: 115.7 cases per 100,000
- Luxembourg: 121.2 cases per 100,000
- Malta: 98.7 cases per 100,000
- Romania: 88.9 cases per 100,000
- Belgium: 63.1 cases per 100,000
- The Netherlands: 44.6 cases per 100,000
- France: 41.2 cases per 100,000
- Sweden: 37.8 cases per 100,000
- Bulgaria: 35.7 cases per 100,000
- Czechia: 30 cases per 100,000.
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Worldwide, the following countries have the highest number of cases per million according to the Coronavirus App:
- Qatar: 43,608 per million
- Bahrain: 31,370 per million
- Chile: 21,383 per million
- San Marino: 20,929 per million
- Panama: 19,991 per million
- Kuwait: 18,421 per million
- Oman: 17,922 per million
- United States: 17,017 per million
- Peru: 16,660 per million
- Brazil: 15,994 per million.
For holidaymakers and travellers hoping to visit countries with the lowest rates of infection, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s latest data crowns Hungary as the country with the lowest infection rate.
The following countries have the lowest 14-day cumulative number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people:
- Hungary: 3.6 cases per 100,000
- Latvia: 4 cases per 100,000
- Finland: 5 cases per 100,000
- Estonia: 8.5 cases per 100,000
- Italy: 9.3 cases per 100,000
- Slovakia: 9.5 cases per 100,000
- Liechtenstein: 10.4 cases per 100,000
- Lithuania: 10.5 cases per 100,000
- Slovenia: 11.1 cases per 100,000
- Norway: 12 cases per 100,000.