More holidays under threat for Scots as coronavirus cases surge in 11 European countries

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More holiday destinations could be struck off Scotland’s quarantine exemption list as coronavirus infection rates across Europe have skyrocketed in recent days.

Holidaymakers were left disappointed earlier this week after the Scottish Government announced that anyone arriving back in the country from Spain will now have to self-isolate for 14 days.

Anyone who fails to self-isolate could face a £480 fine.

Weekly data released by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has revealed the scale in which the number of cases of Covid-19 has increased.

Spain’s rate of new confirmed cases has gone from 8.9 per 100,000 population a fortnight ago to 18.9 last week to 29.7 this week according to the latest data, reports the Mirror.

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And there are now fears that other European countries are following suit, with officials reportedly keeping an eye on at least 11 that are seeing a surge in coronavirus cases.

Belgium has gone from 6.2 to 12 last week and to now 19 cases per 100,000 this week.

France’s rate has gone from 5.7 to 8.7 over the same period while Germany has increased from 2.9 to 4.6 per 100,000.

UK Government ministers are also said to be keeping a close eye on Croatia and Luxembourg.

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Officials will meet on Thursday to discuss the quarantine rules and announce any changes on Friday.

Any changes could be a blow to holidaymakers who have booked stays in these countries over the next few weeks and months.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged Scots to be cautious when considering the booking of a holiday, as rules on quarantine may change.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus press conference yesterday, she said: “I'm not judging people for whether they are going on holiday or not. But I have a duty as First Minister to make sure that if you are going on holiday, I want you to be aware of the risks.

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"I want you to know if you book a holiday now - just because the country you are going to is not on the quarantine list - there is no guarantee that will continue to be the case while you're there.

"The country could have an outbreak and change restrictions. You could find yourself confined to your hotel, or the UK may have decided to impose quarantine when you come back.

"All I'm trying to do is give people the information.

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"I expressed my personal opinion yesterday. I'm not able to take a holiday right now for obvious reasons, but taking all of that into account, my individual judgement right now would be probably not to book a foreign holiday.”

Jet2 and TUI are among those to have cancelled flights to the likes of Spain and Cyprus over the new rules on quarantine.

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