The government of the UK has relaxed quarantine rules for travelers from several destinations, including France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and Spain.
According to the new rule, other countries like the United States and Portugal which are still considered the high-risk destinations for British holidaymakers, are not part of the list, though discussions between the respective governments are ongoing. Serbia was originally on the list but was removed on Friday because of a spike in coronavirus infections in the country.
UK secretary of state for transport Grant Shapps in a statement stated that; “Whether you are a holidaymaker ready to travel abroad or a business eager to open your doors again, this is good news for British people and great news for British businesses,”
He further added that “The entire nation has worked tirelessly to get to this stage, therefore safety must remain our watchword and we will not hesitate to move quickly to protect ourselves if infection rates rise in countries we are reconnecting with.”
The official UK Covid-19 death toll currently stands at 44,600, which is one of the highest in the world.