Italian and Greek islands hope for air corridors as mainland Italy & Greece see soaring cases – risking quarantine list

ISLANDS in Greece and Italy are hoping to avoid quarantine today while the mainland risks being removed from the air corridor list.

Earlier this month, the UK government announced their regional corridor measures, allowing parts of a country to avoid self-isolation restrictions if their cases remain low.

The UK government, using data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) put countries with more than 20 new daily cases of coronavirus per 100,000, over seven days, into a high risk category, meaning they are likely to face travel restrictions.

However, the government'srecently announced changes to the quarantine method, with regional air bridges offered, could allow the Italian island of Sicily to remain open to Brits.

Greece was the first to see this in place, with just seven islands on the quarantine list for England, but other islands – Rhodes, Corfu and Kos – remaining off, and hoping to remain off following the announcement later today.

Similarly, Portugal's islands Madeira and the Azores are still open for travel, while mainland Portugal is not.

Italy's new daily cases have entered the 'red zone' with fears it will be added to the quarantine list later today.

Sicily's coronavirus numbers are much lower than the rest of the country.

According to The Telegraph, the island's new daily infection rate is 16 per 100,000 – compared to the island of Sardinia, at 30 per 100,000, and some parts of Italy at 40 per 100,000.

While Italy as a whole is currently at 20.1, according to PC Agency's Paul Charles, the travel expert also explained that the country has "low positive test rates" which the government also considers.

However, he also said in response to nervous travellers with holidays booked to Italy: "If the cases continue on current trends, then Italy is highly unlikely to stay off the exempt list in mid-October."

If Italy is placed on the quarantine list later today, Brits will have to return to the UK by 4am on Saturday to avoid the two-week isolation period.

The rest of Greece and Poland are also at risk of being put onto the quarantine list today, both in the red zone.

There are currently just eight countries Brits can still travel to without needing to quarantine or have a negative coronavirus test.

It is feared that thousands of Brits are ignoring the mandatory two-week quarantine due to the rules being too confusing.

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