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British visitors to Italy face five days quarantine and testing as Delta variant surges

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(AFP via Getty Images)

British visitors to Italy will need to quarantine for five days and face mandatory testing, the country’s health minister has said.

Roberto Speranza revealed Brits would face restrictions from Monday amid growing concern about the Delta variant.

However he said Italy would 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.

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

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

Figures released today by Public Health England show there has been a 79 per cent rise in cases of the Delta variant in one week.

Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said the increase across the UK is being driven by younger age groups, many of whom have now been invited for a vaccination as the jab rollout extends to anyone aged 18 and over.

Hospital cases have almost doubled, though most of those needing treatment have not had a vaccine.

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