Switzerland to be added to UK quarantine list: Reports

Switzerland to be added to UK quarantine list: Reports
British Airways planes in Heathrow. Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP
British media is reporting that Switzerland will be added to the UK's mandatory quarantine list at the end of the week.

The Times reported on Tuesday that the UK government is set to add Switzerland to its list of countries which require a mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival. 

Over the past fortnight, Switzerland has had 20.7 infections per 100,000 inhabitants – over the UK government threshold of 20. 

Scotland has already added Switzerland to its mandatory quarantine list, with arrivals needing to quarantine from August 22nd onwards. 

According to the Times, the UK will add Switzerland to the list when it meets on the weekend of August 29th. 

At a previous meeting, on August 13th, the UK elected not to add Switzerland to the list. 

The UK's own infection rate per 100,000 people is currently above that of Switzerland – at 22 per 100,000. 

Switzerland's threshold for requiring a mandatory quarantine is however much higher than that in the UK, set at 60 new infections per 100,000. 

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