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Denmark added to travel quarantine list after COVID-19 outbreak hits mink farms

Written by on 6 November 2020

Denmark has been removed from the government’s list of travel corridors due to widespread outbreaks of COVID-19 in its mink farms.

People arriving in the UK from the country as of 4am must self-isolate for 14 days.

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement: “I understand that this will be concerning for both people currently in Denmark and the wider UK public, which is why we have moved quickly to protect our country and prevent the spread of the virus to the UK.”

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It was only added to the quarantine-free list on 25 October

“While new lockdown rules mean leaving home in order to travel for holidays is no longer permitted, the government’s travel corridor policy remains a critical part of the government’s COVID-19 response as it mitigates the risk of importing infections from abroad.”

Denmark was only added to the quarantine-free list on 25 October.

It comes just hours after Germany and Sweden were removed from the list, with people travelling to the UK from those destinations to quarantine for two weeks if they arrive after 4am on Saturday.

Germany’s seven-day rate of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people reached 140 after nearly 20,000 cases were reported on Wednesday.

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The rate for Sweden is 190.

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The government is believed to be using a rate of 100 as the threshold above which it considers triggering quarantine conditions. This is up from 20 in recent months.

The UK’s own rate is 235.

Mr Shapps has launched a taskforce to develop methods of reducing the 14-day self-isolation period for people arriving from non-exempt locations.