Greece could be added to UK’s travel quarantine list as coronavirus cases spike

Fears Greece could be added to the travel quarantine list for Brits abroad have been ignited after the Mediterranean country recorded a spike in new Covid-19 cases.

Restrictions to local businesses have been imposed this weekend following a rise in the number of positive coronavirus test results – which threaten to derail the country’s containment of the deadly virus.

Greece has been one of the few nations in Europe to be reasonably unaffected by the virus and it has recording only 228 deaths out of 7,075 recorded cases.

The country has been viewed by holidaymakers as a safe alternative compares to Spain, France and the Netherlands who have all had travel gateways to the UK axed in recent weeks following spiralling Covid-19 cases.

Sky News reports the Greek government has imposed restrictions on businesses which cater to large crowds after cases jumped by 251 on Saturday.

Bars, cafes, clubs and restaurants were ordered to shut between August 11 until 23 – which locals fear could be detrimental to the tourism industry, and business owners were outraged to be given just 24 hours notice of the change in plans.

Bar owner Stavros Grimplas told Sky News: "You can't take a unilateral decision and shut down the island the following day, at midnight.

“Everyone has come (to Mykonos) to eat their food, to entertain themselves, swim in the sea.

“At this moment, we are fooling them. We told them 'come to Greece' and Greece has shut down."

Bar owners anger comes after the increase of infections recorded on Saturday – which are 100 cases more than the daily peak of 156 during the height of the European epidemic in April.

The number of cases per 100,000 people over the last 14 days has now jumped to 21.1 – more than Britain’s 18.6 and Germany’s 16.3, but less than Spain’s 115.7 or France’s 41.2, the Sun reports.

Brit holidaymakers have been in chaos in recent weeks since the UK Government imposed quarantine rules for all those returning from Spain, France, Holland, Malta, Andorra, Monaco, and Belgium to self isolate for two weeks upon return.

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The Government provoked anger from some holidaymakers after air corridor travel to Spain was revoked with notice of just a day.

While the removal of similar privileges to France and The Netherlands were announced just three days in advance.

The official Government travel advice for Greece has not yet changed – although travellers are advised to check the official webpage regularly for updates.

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