Malta and the Netherlands are set to be removed from England’s travel corridor list, requiring arrivals from both countries to quarantine for 14 days, according to UK media.
The Guardian is reporting that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps met with ministers on Wednesday afternoon, and that it was agreed that the two countries would be removed from the travel corridor list due to a rise in Covid-19 cases. Though France is also being considered for removal from the list, a decision on the country was delayed.
A formal announcement is not expected to be made until Friday at the earliest.
The prevalence of Covid-19 in Malta has increased significantly in recent weeks, with the number of active cases rising from a handful last month to a peak of 528 – the highest recorded since the start of the pandemic – on Thursday. The 55 cases reported in Thursday mark a new record of cases reported in the community, though 78 cases were once reported over a 24-hour period – including 66 rescued asylum seekers which the health authorities counted separately.
According to the latest data by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the 14-day cumulative number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 has reached 74.8 in Malta, a number only surpassed in Luxembourg (124.9), Spain (100.4) and Romania (87.3) within the EU, the European Economic Area and the UK.
The UK government’s decision will only apply in England: the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are responsible for their own travel corridor lists.
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