Coronavirus: seven Greek islands to be removed from England’s safe list

Mykonos and Crete among islands from which travellers will have to isolate for two weeks from Wednesday

Seven Greek islands are being removed from England’s list of locations exempt from 14-day Covid-19 quarantine – but not the country’s mainland, in a significant shift in government policy as it in effect embraces regional travel corridors for the first time.

Speaking in the Commons on Monday, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, announced that arrivals from the Greek islands will have to isolate for two weeks on their return to England from Wednesday at 4am, but not those arriving from the rest of the country.

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