THE rapid rise of Covid-19 cases in Trinidad and Tobago is the reason why anyone travelling from this country to the UK will now have to undergo a 14-day quarantine period- the same measure that Trinidad and Tobago has in place for citizens and non-nationals coming to the country.
International reports on Thursday stated that the UK has added Croatia, Austria and Trinidad and Tobago to its quarantine list while taking off Portugal. The UK comprises of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Skynews reported, “Anyone returning to the UK from Trinidad and Tobago will also have to quarantine for 14 days after cases on the Caribbean island more than doubled in a week. Trinidad and Tobago’s cases have risen rapidly in the past week, with 25.81 cases per 100,000 people in the past week compared to 9.10 cases per 100,000 the previous week.”
The new quarantine measures come into place at 4 am (UK time) on Saturday.
The new quarantine measures apply to travelers going to Scotland from those three countries, with Switzerland also on Scotland’s list, but not for people returning to the rest of the UK.
The UK’s Foreign Office has said it would look at putting any country with more than 20 cases per 100,000 people on its quarantine list, Skynews reported.
Trinidad and Tobago has reported over 600 Covid-19 cases, an increase that has led to partial shutdown of the country.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Health reported 81 new cases.
It stated that there were 615 active Covid-19 cases in TT.