Italy is poised to be faraway from England’s journey hall in a contemporary blow to holidaymakers, who must quarantine for a fortnight on their return from the nation, the Guardian has discovered.
It’s understood that Italy, which recorded its highest each day tally of recent Covid-19 circumstances on Wednesday, is being dropped from the dwindling listing of nations that travellers can go to with out having to quarantine after they come house.
Final week Italy imposed new guidelines that means guests from the UK and different nations should present proof of a detrimental Covid check taken 72 hours earlier than journey.
Italy was one of many final main European vacation hotspots the place English travellers may go to with out quarantining on their return. Final yr UK residents made greater than 5m visits to Italy, in response to Workplace for Nationwide Statistics estimates.
The Guardian understands that Vatican Metropolis and San Marino are additionally being faraway from the journey hall and Crete is being added, in strikes which might be prone to be adopted by the devolved nations, which have autonomy over such modifications. It’s understood the modifications will come into impact from 4am on Sunday, giving 24 hours extra warning than earlier hall modifications in current weeks.
A proper announcement is predicted by the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, on Thursday afternoon.
Shapps has been beneath strain from the aviation sector over the federal government’s failure to introduce a testing regime to chop quarantine occasions for guests. Final week he launched a “world journey taskforce” to discover the difficulty, and it is because of report again subsequent month.
Italy has the second highest Covid loss of life toll on the continent, with 36,289 fatalities because the pandemic started, however its each day circumstances are under the UK’s.
On Wednesday Italy recorded 7,332 Covid-19 infections over the earlier 24 hours, up from 5,901 on Tuesday. The earlier highest each day quantity in Italy was 6,557 new circumstances on 21 March.
Italy reported one other 43 Covid-related deaths on Wednesday, and the variety of folks in intensive care with the virus is rising – 539 on Wednesday, up from 514 the day earlier than.
The nation’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, has stated he’s decided to keep away from a brand new normal lockdown. On Tuesday Italy imposed new restrictions on gatherings, eating places, sports activities and faculty actions.
A Division for Transport spokesperson stated: “Defending public well being stays our high precedence as we work onerous to allow a sustainable and accountable return to worldwide journey. Choices on worldwide journey corridors are made utilizing a variety of things, conserving information for all nations and territories beneath fixed evaluate.”