Portugal needs ‘miracle drop’ to avoid losing travel corridor


Portugal needs a ‘miracle drop’ in cases to avoid going back onto the UK’s quarantine list, just one week after British holidaymakers were given the green light to travel there.

Paul Charles, CEO of travel consultancy The PC Agency, which has correctly predicted the weekly government review for three weeks now, says:

“Portugal is now seeing case rates higher than expected, possibly a victim of its own success in attracting so many tourists rapidly since early August?”

The country is now recording 19.4 cases per 100,000 (over a seven-day cumulative count). The UK Government is assessing travel corridors for countries that pass the threshold of 20 cases per 100,000. 

“It will need to see a miracle drop in case numbers by Thursday to avoid being added again to the government’s on-off quarantine list as it is quickly veering into the red zone,” Charles said.

“Greece and Turkey aren’t seeing the same rapid spikes currently. But Italy is now witnessing nearly 1500 new cases per day. It should avoid being added to the quarantine list by next Saturday but for how long can it stay green or amber?”

“Only a clear airport testing strategy from the UK government will remove this anxious wait facing many British tourists each week, enabling them to book with confidence and test on their return, save jobs in the travel sector and help it recover faster.”

On Thursday, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Jamaica had their travel corridors removed as cases spiked in the countries. Cuba, where cases are on the decline, was given the travel green light.

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