Coronavirus in Greece, Turkey and Croatia: Cases, infection rate and lockdown rules explained

MORE countries could be added to the UK’s quarantine list as a number of destinations report a jump in daily new cases.

Croatia is feared to be the next to be added, following in the footsteps of Spain last month and France on August 15.

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Biarritz airport in southwestern France on Friday as Brit holidaymakers rushed home following the change in quarantine rules [/caption]

There were also initial fears that Greece and Turkey could follow suit, although travel experts claim their numbers are still low enough that the UK government are unlikely to add them this week.

Using information from the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), any country with more than 20 new cases per 100,000, over a seven day period, is at risk of being removed from the UK’s safe list.

Here’s everything you need to know about Greece, Turkey and Croatia as all become at risk of joining the quarantine list.


How many coronavirus cases have there been in Greece?

Until recently, Greece had a relatively low level of cases and had been praised for its handling of the pandemic.

The country has so far had 7,684 cases and 235 deaths.

But there are fears numbers could rise after troubling new infection data emerged, along with their being more than 1,000 new cases over the past week.

Cases yesterday rose by 212, one of the highest jumps since April.

Countries over 20 within seven days are at risk of being put onto the UK quarantine list

What is the infection rate in Greece?

EU figures showed the country’s Covid-19 infection rate has risen in the last two weeks.

The number of new infections, according to the ECDC is 14.3 per 100,000 people in the last seven days.

This compares to only 6.1 infections per 100,000 a fortnight ago.

Has Greece been in lockdown?

Greece headed into a quick and strict lockdown back in March as they watched infections rise rapidly in Italy.

By March 10, schools and universities were closed, and on March 13, cafes and restaurants followed.

Restrictions on movement were imposed on March 22.

The swift response meant Greece could begin to reopen its tourism industry by June.

But now with infections rising, bars and restaurants are being forced to curb their hours and Mykonos reportedly faces a local lockdown.

What are the quarantine rules in Greece?

At the moment, neither Brits heading to Greece or Greeks heading to these shores need to quarantine.

Anyone entering the country has to fill in a Passenger Locator Form 24 hours before travelling, and show the QR code on arrival.

But this could change as infections rates rise and the government continues to impose quick restrictions on countries which show a bump in cases.

Italy has introduced mandatory testing for anyone who arrives from Greece (along with Croatia, Spain and Malta) with their infection rate appearing to worry other countries in Europe.

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A couple wearing face masks watch the sunset on the Aegean Sea island of Mykonos, Greece[/caption]


How many coronavirus cases have there been in Turkey?

Yesterday, Turkey recorded its highest number of coronavirus cases since June as 1,303 new infections were discovered and 23 people died from the virus.

Overall, that makes it 253,108 cases and 6,039 deaths.

What is the infection rate in Turkey?

The infection rate currently sits at 11.2 per 100,000, which is only slightly ahead of the UK’s 11 per 100,000, according to new data.

While still under 20, this number has risen in recent days.

Has Turkey been in lockdown?

Turkey entered into a swift lockdown as Covid-19 began to make its presence known in Europe.

But by June cafes and restaurants had reopened, intercity flights had resumed and stay at home orders were dropped.

There are reports that Turkey could re-enter a lockdown by next month as the government attempts to stem the rise in cases.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wearing a face mask as he walks through the Ayder village in the Black Sea city of Rize, Turkey,[/caption]

What are the quarantine rules in Turkey?

Similar to Greece, the UK has established an air bridge with Turkey which means holidaymakers from both countries do not have to quarantine upon arrival or on return.

But ministers will likely be watching the country closely to see if the infection rate rises any further.


How many coronavirus cases have there been in Croatia?

Croatia saw 219 new cases yesterday – the highest since the pandemic began.

Overall the country’s numbers now stand at 7,074 and 168 deaths.

What is the infection rate in Croatia?

The infection rate in Croatia is currently at 27.4 per 100,000 over the past week, leading to suggestions it could be the next holiday destination placed on the quarantine list.

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