The UK updated their list of “green” countries yesterday, including adding Malta and the Balearics to the list, but as cases of the Delta variant continue to rise across the UK the European Union could introduce quarantine.
Angela Merkel has stated that “In our country, if you come from Great Britain, you have to go into quarantine – and that’s not the case in every European country, and that’s what I would like to see.” This could well be another hurdle for UK tourists this summer, as the union’s agency for disease control forecast that the Delta variant of Covid will account for 90% of cases in member states by the end of August.
The German Chancellor has reiterated her commitment to stop the spread of the Delta variant in the EU, which has surfaced strongly in the UK and it starting to spread into EU countries.
Figures from John Hopkins University show that the UK has seen 119 cases per 100,00 people on a weekly basis, which is one of the highest across Europe. In comparison Germany saw only 7 cases per 100,000, Croatia 12 and France 22.
The Delta variant, which has slowed down the UK’s reopening, is believed to be 40% to 60% more transmissible than the original virus and is thought to be associated with higher risk of hospitalisation.
Merkel has criticised Portugal in recent days, where the entry of British tourists is permitted without quarantine, even though Portugal has seen 78 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.