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Cyprus has been a popular holiday destination this summer after remaining safely on the UK’s safe list. However, in recent days, Cyprus’ infection case rate has begun to rise at a worrying rate. While the country has only recorded just over 2,600 cases and 25 deaths, the country’s infection rate per 100,000 people over a seven-day period has spiked.
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.
CEO of travel consultancy, The PC Agency Paul Charles has been posting updates on Twitter regarding countries’ latest coronavirus rates.
Mr Charles’ latest update read: “Sun update: Striking how #Europe is at the centre of substantial infection growth and now much higher than the #USA.”
The travel expert also posted a table showing the figures just seven weeks ago at the end of August.
The table shows just four countries in the “red zone”, three in the “amber zone” and the rest in the “green” or safe zone.
Cyprus’ infection rate increased to 30 per 100,000 people over a seven-day period, according to The PC Agency and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
This is well above the UK’s threshold and could see the country removed from the safe list this week.
However, Cyprus is not the only country in the red zone on the travel corridor list.
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Germany, Sweden and Greece are also in the red zone with high infection rates but remain on the UK safe list.
Germany and Sweden have recorded 47.1 and 44.7 new cases per 100,000 people respectively over a seven-day period.
Meanwhile Greece remains on the cusp of the UK threshold with 26.6 new cases per 100,000 people over a week-long period.
The latest figures suggest that only two countries are in the green – Turkey and Singapore.
However, Turkey was removed from the UK safe list after it emerged that the Turkish Health Ministry had been defining the number of new COVID-19 cases in a different way to the definition used by international organisations such as the WHO.
And while Singapore is on the travel corridor list, it has stringent restrictions in place for anyone looking to enter the country.
Short-term visitors from anywhere in the world are not allowed to enter Singapore.
Meanwhile, long-term pass holders and dependants need approval before entering Singapore.
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