Portugal could be set to be added to the UK’s quarantine list as coronavirus cases are rising above the British government’s threshold.
The government has a seven-day rate of 20 cases per 100,000 population, and anything above 20 triggers quarantine measures for two weeks.
Portugal’s seven-day coronavirus cases rate now stands at 22.7, compared to 14.2 the previous week.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the UK quarantine list is kept under constant review, and a decision is likely to be announced on Thursday,
Hancock told Sky News Kay Burley, “It does mean sometimes we have to make some swift decisions when we introduce quarantine in a country where the case rate is shooting up – but we do it to protect this country.
“I think the quarantine policy has proved its worth.”
He added, “So people should look at the data and only travel if they are prepared to quarantine, if the virus goes up when they are in that country.”