Malta could be on the brink of being removed from ‘air bridge’ list as cases rise

Malta is a popular Mediterranean hotspot for Britons who enjoy the country’s sun and historic sites. The stunning destination lies between Sicily and the North African coast. The country is currently “exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel.”

The Foreign Office (FCO) added: “This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”

The country has recorded an increase of cases recently after weeks of relatively low numbers.

Other continues including Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Ireland have now removed Malta from its “green list”.

Malta now fears that the UK could follow suit.

Last year, the country welcomed around 650,000 Britons.

And with a population of just 475,000, the country recorded relatively few deaths.

In July, the country recorded no cases at all.

But as soon as mass events were given the green light, the country has seen a rise in cases.

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In total, the country has had 946 cases, with around 270 active cases.

The country now has more cases per capita than the UK.

But this is mainly due to the country’s small population.

The Malta Tourism Authority told Telegraph Travel that it is doing more testing than other European countries.

They said in a statement: “Tourism is important for us, but the safety of our people and the people who visit us is more important and we would never put people in jeopardy.

“The small number of cases in Malta vis-à-vis the size of the population can easily give a skewed impression of the actual situation…

“We trust that all governments will analyse the figures intelligently and we are open to all discussions to ensure that we can mitigate any concern.”

The country reopened to Britons on July 15.

Anyone arriving in the country will be subject to temperature checks.

Another country that could face being removed from the FCO’s “safe list” is Belgium.

Belgium’s cases per 100,000 have gone from eight cases to 21.6.

Countries such as Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Norway have now placed quarantine restrictions on anyone arriving from Belgium to help halt the spread of coronavirus.

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