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Cyprus has been a popular holiday choice for Britons in recent months. The country is on the UK’s travel corridor list and is exempt from Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential international travel. Cyprus’ coronavirus infection numbers have remained relatively low compared to neighbouring Turkey.
In fact, the country has only recorded just over 2,000 cases and 25 deaths at the time of writing.
But in recent days, the Cyprus’ infection case rate has begun to rise at a worrying rate.
CEO of travel consultancy, The PC Agency Paul Charles has been posting updates on Twitter regarding countries’ latest coronavirus rates.
He said yesterday: “Sun stats: #France records nearly 27,000 daily cases.
“At its peak in April, it saw 7,500. Also, record infections for #Netherlands and #Poland.
“But death rates are currently very low. Is #COVID19 now just very bad flu?
“#Cyprus goes red – it was green seven days ago.”
Countries at risk of being removed from the travel corridor list are those with more than 20 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
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Yesterday, Cyprus’ infection rate increased to 20 per 100,000 people over a seven-day period, according to The PC Agency and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
However, Cyprus is not the only country in the red zone on the travel corridor list.
Italy’s cases have spiked once again, recording 44.3 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
Sweden and Germany are also in the red with 38.9 and 28.5 cases respectively.
Estonia is also still on the safe list despite recording 20.3 cases per 100,000 over a seven-day period.
It’s unclear whether the government will be forced to take a more flexible approach to travel corridors as the UK’s own figures skyrocket.
Mr Charles was unable to post his usual update on Saturday due to technical errors at ECDC.
He said on Saturday: “Perhaps there are so many infections the spreadsheets can’t cope?
“Technical errors at @ECDC_EU mean that there will be no data produced today.
“It’s a good job governments aren’t making daily pandemic decisions…”
Last week, no countries were removed from the UK’s travel corridor list in a boost for British holidaymakers.
Instead, several Greek islands were re-added to the travel corridor list.
Those returning from Lesvos, Milos (Serifos), Tinos, Santorini and Zakynthos (Zante) to the UK no longer have to self-isolate for 14 days.
The Welsh government has also lifted the requirement to self-isolate for those returning to Wales from Paros and Antiparos.
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