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From now, people arriving into Scotland from Greece will have to self-isolate for 14 days despite fairly low levels of coronavirus cases reported in the country. Usually the UK Government in Westminster introduces quarantine measures when a country’s infection rate exceeds 20 for every 100,000 people in the past week, but the new rules introduced by Nicola Sturgeon’s Government come after several cases in Scotland were traced back to popular tourist destinations in Greece. Mark Gardiner, a Scottish holidaymker in Rhodes who will face restrictions when he returns to Glasgow this week, explained his fury to BBC Breakfast.
He said: “We just got the news the other day and weren’t best pleased when we saw it.
“The Government guidance is 20 for every 100,000, and then suddenly the Scottish Government decides to use some sort of different metric to measure things.
“So you think you followed the guidance and think you should be okay, and the nex thing you know, no you’re not.
“You have to either get back or accept you’ll be in quarantine, which we do, we accept that.”
Mr Gardiner said it wouldn’t change his plans massively as he and his wife have been working from home.
However, he told the BBC: “It’s just the way that the Scottish Government have approached this.
“If they’re saying there’s been a spike in Greece, why not, because of the tracking forms you have to complete and knowing which islands are the issues, deal with those islands?
“You don’t need to hit every part of Greece with this but it would seem that they don’t seem to be interested in doing that.”
The traveller added: “I’m coming back to Glasgow, it’s got an infection rate of 21, and I’m coming from a country that’s got an infection rate of 15.
“So I’m coming from a country that’s got a lower rate than the one I’m going back to.
“Yet I have to isolate. It doesn’t make any sense to me.”
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People coming back to Wales specifically from the Greek island, Zakynthos, are also being asked to quarantine for 14 days.
Holidaymakers elesewhere in England and Northern Ireland can still travel to Greece and come back without having to self-isolate on their return.
Portgual is another country causing confusion and havoc for travellers.
The nation was removed from the UK’s exemption list two weeks ago but the number of cases there has risen to more than 20 per 100,000 people.
That means measures could be reintroduced so it could go back on the quarantine list.
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