Weekly holiday review 7th August 2020

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The situation this week might seem a bit depressing as numbers increased but surely this was to be expected as lockdowns were relaxed and people moved around more. The real question to be answered is whether the increase in outbreaks that has inevitably occurred can be controlled or whether tougher measures will be needed.

Belgium has now been placed on the Don’t fly list

Ireland has introduced random testing for those entering the country and that includes those of us that live in Northern Ireland and can freely cross over the border safe in the knowledge that we don’t need to undergo a fourteen day quarantine rule that everyone else faces.

The Welsh government announced that people returning from Belgium, the Bahamas and Andorra from midnight on Thursday will have to quarantine at home for a fortnight. The rest of the UK swiftly followed in adopting the same quarantine rules but from Saturday 4am.

 In the Bahamas the government instituted a nation-wide lockdown from August 4th until the 19th. There have been 751 cases, but over 600 have been in the last fortnight. That is the reason for the local lockdown and why Wales has changed its advance. Despite this rise there have been only 14 deaths. The Bahamas only opened to international travellers a few weeks ago and it is believed that incoming US tourists may be the source of the spike. Consequently the Bahamas has stopped US residents travelling to its islands. 

Ireland has introduced random testing for those entering the country and that includes those of us that live in Northern Ireland and can freely cross over the border safe in the knowledge that we don’t need to undergo a fourteen day quarantine rule that everyone else faces.

Greece has announced that everyone will have to wear masks inside most retail outlets, offices and on public transport including taxis and ferries. The same applies outside where social distancing is impractical.

People flying in from Brunei and Malaysia will no longer have to quarantine for 14 days.

France is seeing a spike in cases and there are persistent rumours that next week might see a travel advisory on not travelling to France and a 14 day quarantine period imposed. Malta and the Netherlands have also seen spikes suggesting their figures per 100,000 are not far behind France.

In measuring the number of cases registered each week in comparison to the previous week, may Just about Travel remind readers that we are using the 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 as revealed by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control website. We could talk of the number of cases or the number of deaths but this is only useful if the total population is known as it could be very misleading.

Even these figures are misleading because they are country wide and many outbreaks are regional

Destinations that are already on the UK “don’t travel” list such as Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Luxembourg, are not included because who is to say when the British government might lift the advice even if there is a downturn in cases.

Both the Irish and British governments are looking at destinations where the upsurge per 100,000 cases over a 14-day rolling period is greater than their own countries.

In cases where it is substantially higher, potential holidaymakers and travellers must make their own minds up as to whether their governments might impose a “don’t fly” ban and what effect that would have on them.

As a benchmark the latest 14 day figure for Ireland is 9.9 (last week, 6.7 and for the UK it is 14.3 up from 12.6.

Austria – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 18.3 down on last week’s 19.7.

Belgium – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 49.2 up from 35.8.

Croatia -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 20.8 down from last week’s 25.3.

Cyprus – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 16 up from 6.1. Visitors from the UK must have been tested for the virus no earlier than 72 hours before arrival.

France – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 23.4 up from 19.

Germany -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 11.7 up from 8.4.

Greece – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 8.4 up from 4.3.

Italy – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 6.2 up from 5.7.

Malta – 14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 33 up from 28.4.

Netherlands -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 24 up from 15.1.

Poland -14-day cumulative number of COVID-19 cases per 100 000 is 20.1 up from 15.7

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