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Italy imposes quarantine on UK visitors, opens door to USA, Canada, Japan and EU

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Italy imposes quarantine on UK visitors, opens door to USA, Canada, Japan and EU
Italy imposes quarantine on UK visitors, opens door to USA, Canada, Japan and EU   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021
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(Corrects fourth para to show measures will apply from Monday not Saturday as originally announced)

ROME -Italy is introducing mandatory testing and a five-day quarantine for visitors from Britain, Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Friday, as concerns grow over the spread of a highly contagious coronavirus variant.

At the same time, Italy will lift curbs on travellers from the United States, Canada, Japan and other European Union states if they have a green pass showing they are vaccinated or recently tested negative, the minister wrote on Facebook.

A ban on people arriving from India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will remain in place, he added.

The new measures will come into force on Monday, a health ministry spokesman said.

Italy is following in the footsteps of France, Austria and Germany, which have already introduced varying curbs on those entering from Britain.

Britain on Friday said there had been a 79% increase in weekly reported cases of the Delta coronavirus variant, which was first identified in India. The variant now comprises 91% of sequenced cases, Public Health England said.