After an increase in COVID-19 cases, the United Kingdom officially announced that Malta, along with a host of other countries, have been removed from the list of safe travel countries on Thursday.
Along with Malta, people arriving from France, the Netherlands, Monaco and also Turks and Caicos Islands will need to undergo a two-week quarantine period.
The UK makes up a large part of Malta’s tourism sector, and this will surely inflict plenty of harm to the funds generated by the industry.
The UK government is currently urging employers to try to be understanding of those that are returning from these destinations, seeing as they will have to refrain from going to work in order to self-isolate.
The UK government has invested over £9 billion (€9.979 billion) in order to strengthen the welfare and safety of people in the UK, with the pandemic hindering plenty of lives.
The Joint Biosecurity Centre, the sector of the UK’s government in charge of informing and taking decisions in order to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, is currently monitoring the worldwide situation, and could be set to impose mandatory quarantine on plenty of other countries.
Over recent weeks, Malta has suffered from a vast increase in cases of the COVID-19, mainly arising from social gatherings and the reopening of the airport.
Malta was praised for being one of the best countries when it comes to controlling the infection rate of COVID-19 earlier on in the pandemic, yet is has suffered ever since several measures were eased once again.
In fact, Malta has managed to go from three active cases in July 17, to 528 active cases as of August 13, the highest number of active cases in the country since the pandemic began.
France, one of the most badly-hit countries in Europe, is starting to see the start of a second wave of cases, with daily new cases reaching more than 2,800 on certain days, much higher than the figures reported in May and June.