Belgium and Luxembourg among countries with Covid rates that may lead to return of quarantine

Luxembourg and Belgium are at risk of having quarantine reimposed by the Government as their coronavirus rates rise, an analysis by The Telegraph suggests.

As the Government finalises its weekly review of “air bridges”, due on Friday, the analysis shows that both Luxembourg and Belgium have seen week-on-week rises in Covid-19 rates to post-lockdown peaks.

At least four other countries have rising rates, with Croatia also on an unofficial watchlist following the travel chaos sparked when the Government reimposed quarantine on Spain at the weekend, upturning the holiday plans of up to 1.8 million Britons.

On Tuesday, Boris Johnson warned of signs of a “second wave” of coronavirus in Europe as he defended the 14-day quarantine on travellers from Spain.  

Belgium has seen its weekly Covid-19 rate rise from 5.3 to 15.1 per 100,000 of the population since the beginning of July, with cases up from 615 to 1,751.

The spike in infections has led to Belgium’s government tightening social restrictions to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Sophie Wilmes, the Belgian prime minister, said that, from Wednesday, a family or those living together can meet only the same five people from outside their household over the next four weeks. Antwerp has introduced a curfew.

Luxembourg, which is bordered by Belgium to the north and west, has seen its weekly rates per 100,000 rise from 45.7 to 114.4, with the number of cases up from 286 to 716 in the same period. Use the interactive chart below to explore the infection rate across Europe:

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