Grant Shapps today announced that seven Greek islands are being stripped of quarantine exempt status amid fears over a spike in coronavirus cases, APA reports citing Daily Mail.
The Transport Secretary revealed that Lesvos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini and Zakynthos are being added to the 'red' list as of 4am on Wednesday.
However, Mr Shapps told the Commons that he was stopping short of following Scotland's example by slapping restrictions on arrivals from Greece as a whole.
The grim news came as the Cabinet minister revealed that the quarantine system is being overhauled to take account of the widely different risk profile presented by some islands.
The Joint Biosecurity Centre will now study islands that are distinct from their mainland separately.
'For the first time we have the data and the capacity to add and remove specific islands from quarantine while still providing maximum protection for the public,' he told MPs.