Coronavirus: More countries to be added to red list amid concerns over Covid variant spread

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FOUR MORE countries look set to be added to the red alert holiday list over high infection rates and Covid variant fears.

British holidaymakers are likely to be banned from flying to Bahrain, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago and Kuwait, predicts an analyst.

These four are likely to join 43 other high-risk nations currently on the government’s travel red list, he adds.

Brits are currently banned from travelling to red list countries or territories – but a government review is imminent.

Robert Boyle, a former BA strategist, said that he had looked at which countries might be added to the red list, based purely on Covid infection rates.

In his analysis, he classified any country with a daily case rate of 71 per million or below as green, provided the testing rate is also above two per thousand.

After delving into the seven-day average reported cases per million, Boyle then drew up a chart of the countries with the highest coronavirus infections.

He noted that while “most of them are already on the red list, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago and Kuwait are not. So expect those to be added shortly.”

All four are currently on the amber list, which Brits also shouldn’t travel to.

People returning to the UK from red list countries must quarantine in a Covid-secure hotel upon arrival, while amber list returnees have to self-isolate at home for 10 days.

Boyle said: “We are due another update soon on the UK government’s traffic light ratings.”

And while he’s “not quite sure exactly when we will get this update”, he assumes it will be between June 1-7.

Boyle added: “There are three additional countries that seem like clear cases for getting onto the green list – Malta, Finland and Slovakia.”

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