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Quarantine update: Countries that could be added to exemption list today in holiday boost

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Up until last week, holidaymakers were given until 4am on Saturday to scramble back to the UK.

The short time frame between the announcement and the implantation of the new measures often means sees flight prices soar.

However, last week the government granted travellers more time, until 4am on the Sunday.

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It’s unclear whether this will continue with upcoming amendments to the travel corridor list.

Today, it’s looking likely that Cyprus could be removed from the travel corridor list as its case rate continues to soar.

Cyprus’ infection rate is soaring at 90.4 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

Countries at risk are those with over 20 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

But it may not be all bad news for Britons as some destinations could be added back to the quarantine list.

READ MORE: Cyprus ‘at risk’ of being added to quarantine list today

Express.co.uk has looked at the latest figures to see which countries could be added to the travel corridor list.

Jamaica

Jamaica’s infection rate has dropped significantly recently in a move that could see it added back to the travel corridor list.

The country’s case rate is now below 20, recording 15.7 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

The country has only recorded just over 8,400 cases and 174 deaths which is low compared to a plethora of countries in Europe.

CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency Paul Charles also said on Twitter this week that Jamaica’s numbers were looking hopeful.

He said: “#Jamaica reducing infection numbers and heading in the right direction.”

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All travellers arriving in Jamaica will be screened for coronavirus symptoms at the airport and travellers from the USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Panama require appropriate evidence of a negative test.

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Africa

Anyone returning from any country in Africa to the UK currently has to quarantine for 14 days.

Africa has some of the lowest coronavirus infection rates in the world, yet no countries on the continent are on the travel corridor list.

Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Namibia and South Africa have infection rates well below the UK’s own case rate.

The lack of African countries on the travel corridor list has led some to criticise the government fir being “discriminatory”.

England cricketer Kevin Pietersen, who was born in South Africa said he thought it didn’t “make sense”.

He said: “With such low covid infections, it seems discriminatory to not have any corridors to African countries from the UK. Health measures are extremely good in countries such as Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa.

“It doesn’t make sense for Africa to be effectively cut off from the UK any more. I urge the UK Government to open up corridors as they would be a lifeline for so many.”

South Africa is currently on the cusp of the UK’s preferred threshold with 20.1 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

La Palma (Canary Islands)

La Palma is a popular destination during the winter months with Britons looking for a break from the UK’s damp weather.

According to Mr McCluskey, the island only has 4.8 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period which would make it an ideal candidate for a travel corridor.

Some of the Canary Islands are understood to be introducing coronavirus testing for the winter season.

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