Coronavirus travel news LIVE: 11 more European countries join Spain in rise in cases as 'second wave sweeps Europe'
CORONAVIRUS cases are rapidly increasing in holiday destinations favoured by Brits.
European countries seeing a rise in cases similar to Spain could be struck off the quarantine exemption list meaning returning holidaymakers would need to self-isolate for 14 days.
Brit hotspots such as Croatia, France, Germany and Italy have seen an increase in infections along with Belgium and Luxembourg.
Ministers will meet today to discuss the quarantine rules and announce any changes tomorrow.
Brits are still advised to book summer holidays but “need to be aware of the risk that quarantine could be imposed”.
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AUSTRALIA RECORDS RECORD 750 NEW CASES IN VICTORIA
Australia recorded its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday with 14 deaths and 750 new infections, mainly in Victoria state.
Australia had prided itself on rapidly containing the initial coronavirus outbreak but a second wave which began in Victoria last month has forced Melbourne back into lockdown and sparked outbreaks in other areas including Sydney.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: “On some days the virus wins, on other days we beat it. But I think we've got to be careful not to slip into some idea that there's some golden immunity that Australia has in relation to this virus.”
STATEMENT ON TIME IN SELF-ISOLATION RISING TO TEN DAYS
A joint statement from the UK's chief medical officers said: “In symptomatic people Covid-19 is most infectious just before, and for the first few days after symptoms begin. It is very important people with symptoms self-isolate and get a test, which will allow contact tracing.
“Evidence, although still limited, has strengthened and shows that people with Covid-19 who are mildly ill and are recovering have a low but real possibility of infectiousness between seven and nine days after illness onset.
“We have considered how best to target interventions to reduce risk to the general population and consider that at this point in the epidemic, with widespread and rapid testing available and considering the relaxation of other measures, it is now the correct balance of risk to extend the self-isolation period from seven to 10 days for those in the community who have symptoms or a positive test result.
“This will help provide additional protection to others in the community. This is particularly important to protect those who have been shielding and in advance of the autumn and winter when we may see increased community transmission.”
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN CITIES ACROSS EUROPE
This graphic shows how excess death rates compare in certain leading European cities.
SELF ISOLATION TIME INCREASED TO 10 DAYS
England's deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam has confirmed the length of time people with a positive test result or coronavirus symptoms in England will have to self-isolate for is to be increased from seven to 10 days.
HOW EXCESS DEATHS IN ENGLAND COMPARED WITH ELSEWHERE IN EUROPE
This graphic shows how excess deaths in England compare with excess deaths in some other European countries.
The dotted line represents the five-year average, the dark blue line is the death rate for under 65s and the light blue line is the death rate for over 65s.
ENGLAND HAD HIGHEST LEVELS OF EXCESS DEATHS IN EUROPE IN FIRST HALF OF 2020 – ONS
More pull outs from the Office for National Statistics findings this morning.
- In the UK, every local authority area experienced excess mortality during the worst time of the pandemic (April 3 – May 8). In the rest of Europe, countries had more geographically localised excess mortality.
- The highest rates of excess mortality were in areas in Central Spain and Northern Italy.
- Bergamo in northern Italy had the highest peak excess mortality of 847.7% (week ending March 20) compared with the highest in the UK, Brent at 357.5% (week ending 17 April).
- In major cities, the highest peak excess mortality was in Madrid at 432.7% (week ending March 27) while in the UK, Birmingham had the highest peak excess mortality of any major British city at 249.7% (week ending April 17).
- England saw the second highest national peak of excess mortality, after Spain.
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