Travel news: Italy joins the UK’s ‘amber list’ with highest number of cases since May

Italy has recorded its highest number of new coronavirus cases since May, moving it into the ‘amber’ zone on the system used by the UK to judge how safe a travel destination is.

New figures show the number of cases per 100,000 over seven days – the metric used by the Government to determine which country is on the UK’s travel corridors list – is now at 15.3. If a country surpasses 20, it enters the ‘red’ zone and is typically removed from the list.

It puts Italy just below the UK, which currently stands at 16.1. Italy and the UK are the only countries in the ‘amber zone’. Greece remains in the ‘green’ zone with a rate of 13.1.

At the top of the ‘red zone’ is Spain, with 127.2; France is at 62.8, and Portugal crossed into this category last week with a current rate of 23.2. Despite this, the country was not removed from England’s quarantine-exempt list on Thursday as was expected. 

Paul Charles, CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency, told Telegraph Travel: “Italy has for the first time moved into the amber zone – but there have been many more tests carried out there. Will it now follow Portugal in making the strong case that more tests will equal higher positive cases? 

“Portugal itself is still seeing increased case numbers, so it will put pressure on the (English) Government to be more open about how it is choosing which countries are added to its quarantine list and which are removed.”

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