England makes no changes to COVID-19 quarantine countries

FILE PHOTO: A tour guide holds an umbrella with the image of British flag as he waits for tourists at the Aliados Avenue, after Britain removed Portugal from its COVID-19 quarantine list, in Porto, northern Portugal August 21, 2020. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

LONDON (Reuters) - No changes were made to the list of countries on England’s quarantine list on Thursday, British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

English holiday makers in Portugal were awaiting the decision after the number of cases in the country rose above the threshold at which the 14-day quarantine for returning travellers is considered. Quarantine is already in place for popular destinations France and Spain.

“We continue to keep the Travel Corridor list under constant review & won’t hesitate to remove countries if needed,” Shapps said on Twitter. “However, there are no English additions or removals today.”

Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Stephen Addison