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Portugal could be added to quarantine list unless it has ‘miracle drop’ in cases

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Portugal could be re-added to the UK quarantine list little over a week after it was taken off unless it has a "miracle drop" in coronavirus cases, an expert has warned.

Paul Charles, of travel firm PC Agency, said it could even be a matter of days before it is re-added.

The country was only added to the UK's travel corridors on August 22.

But on Friday, it recorded 401 news cases of Covid-19 – the highest number in seven weeks.

PC Agency has listed Portugal as an "amber" nation which means it is approaching the quarantine threshold with 19.4 infections per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

The UK government places nations with 20 cases per 100,000 on its quarantine travel list.

Mr Charles told MailOnline : "Portugal is likely to go back on the UK's quarantine list this week and the country itself is now preparing a 'state of contingency' from September 15.

"It has been unable to manage its caseload over the last two weeks as more tourists have entered Portugal, especially Lisbon and Porto.

"It will need to see a miracle drop in case numbers by Thursday to avoid being added again to the Government's on-off quarantine list as it is quickly veering into the red zone.

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"Only a clear airport testing strategy from the UK government will remove this anxious wait facing many British tourists each week, enabling them to book with confidence and test on their return, save jobs in the travel sector and help it recover faster.

He added Portugal was a "victim of its own success in attracting so many tourists rapidly".

There has been a boom in Brits searching for flights and accommodation to Portugal since it was added to UK's travel corridor.

Travel site Skyscanner reported a 2,000 per cent increase in bookings.

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