SINCE the Government removed Spain from its quarantine-free list of destinations Brits have been cancelling their upcoming holidays.
But what about Belgium? Will I need to quarantine? Here is the latest on the coronavirus travel news…
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Is it safe to travel to Belgium?
Belgium is set to be added to the 14-day quarantine list after a rise in cases amid fears of a second wave in Europe.
UK officials are reportedly finalising plans which will mean another devastating blow for Brits’ summer holiday hope.
The plans are expected to come into force at either midnight tonight (August 6) or tomorrow after getting the final sign-off from ministers, reports the Daily Mail.
On July 29 Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes announced new social restrictions after a spike in Covid-19 cases.
Speaking to the press she said people should again begin working from home where possible, saying she was “acting to keep the situation under control”.
Will I need to quarantine?
It has been reported that Belgium will be added to the Governments 14-day quarantine list after a spike in new infections.
People travelling to and from the UK from Belgium will be forced to quarantine for two weeks in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.
How many coronavirus cases have there been in Belgium?
Infection rates across Belgium remained low throughout June and the first half of July, but have begun to rise again over the last two weeks.
August 2 saw 528 cases diagnosed, the largest rise in a single day since May 9.
The country has seen a total of 66,662 cases and 9,822 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
With a population of only 11.5million, it has seen one of the worst fatality rates per capita of any country in the world.
Belgium has the highest mortality rate per capita in the world, with 85 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Britain with 68, Spain 61, Peru 61, and Italy 58.
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It has 70,648 confirmed cases and has seen 9,852 deaths from a population of 11.5million.
The country has seen more than 400 new cases every day since July 30 – up from lows of just 42 on July 7.
And on August 1 it saw a figure of 745, its highest total since April 26.
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