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27 Aug 2020 | 08:39 PM UTC

UK: Officials add three countries to quarantine list from August 29 /update 41

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UK officials add Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Jamaica to quarantine list from August 29; confirm travel itineraries

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/27/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/30/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION United Kingdom

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Event

UK officials have announced that arrivals from the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Jamaica are to be required to quarantine for 14 days from Saturday, August 29, as a precaution to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Arrivals from Cuba, on the other hand, have had restrictions removed. The new measure will come into effect at 04:00 (local time) on August 29. Previously, Aruba, Austria, Croatia, France, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Turks and Caicos Islands have been removed from the travel corridor list, requiring arrivals to quarantine upon arrival for 14 days. Further information on travel corridors can be found here.

Many restrictions have been lifted in the UK. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in certain public areas, with fines for repeat offenders rising up to 3200 GBP (4175 USD). Further information regarding the wearing of face masks in EN can be viewed here.

As of Thursday, August 27, there have been 332,491 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK, and 41,564 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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