Travel latest news: Rise in cases pushes Denmark and Iceland closer to quarantine

Denmark and Iceland could lose their travel corridors this week, as case numbers rise and the countries exceed the threshold for a quarantine. Denmark’s seven-day rising infection rate is now 49.9 cases per 100,000, far surpassing the UK’s threshold of 20 cases per 100,000 – beyond that, a quarantine is usually triggered. Iceland's rising rate also exceeds the UK's quarantine threshold figure, with a seven-day case rate of 41 per 100,000 population. The number more than doubled over 24 hours, from 19.3. Meanwhile, infection numbers in other 'travel corridor' destinations continue to climb. Greece, whose mainland is currently on the 'safe list' for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, has reported 18.1 cases per 100,000 population over the last seven days. Italy is at 17 cases per 100,000. The UK is currently at 37.9 cases per 100,000 over seven days. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to update the UK's travel corridor list this Thursday. Scroll down for more updates. Auto update On Off 1:56PM Five quarantine-free holidays to book right now Emma Beaumont has rounded up a selection of convenient last-minute breaks to ‘green list’ destinations. First up, Lake Como in Italy. She writes: Whether it’s due to the calm-inducing waters, misty mountains or even the Clooney connection, the Italian Lakes will never lose their lustre and they make a great choice for a last-chance European holiday. Although cases have recently risen in Italy, rates remain lower than the UK and it seems unlikely to be struck off the safe list in the near future. The Italian Lakes will never lose their lustre Credit: GETTY Lying at the foot of the pretty town of Moltrasio on Lake Como’s western shore, the four-star Grand Hotel Imperiale has exactly what you want from a hotel in these parts: an attractive lakefront swimming pool. Add to this a smart restaurant serving fresh fish dishes with views over the water and a well-equipped spa. Public boats dock just yards from the hotel, making it convenient to zip off to the nearby town of Como or to explore the rest of the lake. You can find packages for seven nights departing on selected October dates from £1,190 per person, including private transfers and BA flights, available through Expressions Holidays. Find out her other top four choices here. 1:30PM What does wearing a mask on a flight actually do?  This simulation shows the effects of wearing a face covering on a flight. [embedded content] 1:14PM October half-term holiday tracker: The best options for a family escape in 2020  Missed out on a family holiday this year? You couldn’t make the most of the lockdown sunshine; your summer trip to the Med was cancelled; your staycation break was blown away by the August gales. Now schools are back, so you have one last chance for a rewarding trip for all – the autumn half term.  Here are your best bets. 12:59PM The autumn holiday destination you probably hadn't thought of  Germany is one of the finest spots on the Continent to enjoy autumn – so why do so few people consider it for a holiday? William Cook writes: "I’ve been to Germany more times than I can count, and each time I go there I discover something new. From windswept beaches in the north to Alpine peaks in the south, the landscape is stunning, and the big cities boast some of the finest museums and galleries in Europe. Sure, it’s got a few rough edges, but for me that’s all part of what makes it so invigorating. Whether you’re into high culture or the great outdoors, you’re sure to find it here." Read the full feature, here. 12:43PM Watch: Taj Mahal reopens to visitors after six months  [embedded content] 12:18PM Got a staycation booked this autumn? This map shows where cases are on the rise across the UK. 12:09PM The secret corners of Umbria that tourists (and Boris) haven't discovered Boris Johnson allegedly popped off to Perugia, capital of Umbria, a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps he had been reading Telegraph Travel. Last month one of our Italy experts, Umbria-based Anne Hanley, described how the idyllic region feels almost back to normal, with scores of domestic tourists making up for the international shortfall. She wrote: “The global pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the Italian hospitality sector. By July, seven out of ten Venetian hotels were accepting guests, but occupation rates languished at just 15 per cent. In Rome in August, fewer than 200 of the Italian capital’s 1,200-odd hotels have bothered to open at all. Yet in Città della Pieve, a small Umbrian town with sweeping views across the Valdichiana towards Tuscany, the situation couldn’t be more different: finding a room in the middle of August was like winning the lottery.” Read more about the secret corners of Umbria that tourists (and Boris) haven't discovered. 11:47AM When will our holidays return to normal? One day we will be abl

Travel latest news: Rise in cases pushes Denmark and Iceland closer to quarantine

Denmark and Iceland could lose their travel corridors this week, as case numbers rise and the countries exceed the threshold for a quarantine.

Denmark’s seven-day rising infection rate is now 49.9 cases per 100,000, far surpassing the UK’s threshold of 20 cases per 100,000 – beyond that, a quarantine is usually triggered.

Iceland's rising rate also exceeds the UK's quarantine threshold figure, with a seven-day case rate of 41 per 100,000 population. The number more than doubled over 24 hours, from 19.3.

Meanwhile, infection numbers in other 'travel corridor' destinations continue to climb. Greece, whose mainland is currently on the 'safe list' for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, has reported 18.1 cases per 100,000 population over the last seven days.

Italy is at 17 cases per 100,000. The UK is currently at 37.9 cases per 100,000 over seven days.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to update the UK's travel corridor list this Thursday.

Scroll down for more updates.

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Five quarantine-free holidays to book right now

Emma Beaumont has rounded up a selection of convenient last-minute breaks to ‘green list’ destinations.

First up, Lake Como in Italy.

She writes:

Whether it’s due to the calm-inducing waters, misty mountains or even the Clooney connection, the Italian Lakes will never lose their lustre and they make a great choice for a last-chance European holiday. Although cases have recently risen in Italy, rates remain lower than the UK and it seems unlikely to be struck off the safe list in the near future.

The Italian Lakes will never lose their lustre Credit: GETTY

Lying at the foot of the pretty town of Moltrasio on Lake Como’s western shore, the four-star Grand Hotel Imperiale has exactly what you want from a hotel in these parts: an attractive lakefront swimming pool. Add to this a smart restaurant serving fresh fish dishes with views over the water and a well-equipped spa. Public boats dock just yards from the hotel, making it convenient to zip off to the nearby town of Como or to explore the rest of the lake. You can find packages for seven nights departing on selected October dates from £1,190 per person, including private transfers and BA flights, available through Expressions Holidays.

Find out her other top four choices here.

What does wearing a mask on a flight actually do?

 This simulation shows the effects of wearing a face covering on a flight.

October half-term holiday tracker: The best options for a family escape in 2020 

Missed out on a family holiday this year? You couldn’t make the most of the lockdown sunshine; your summer trip to the Med was cancelled; your staycation break was blown away by the August gales. Now schools are back, so you have one last chance for a rewarding trip for all – the autumn half term. 

Here are your best bets.

The autumn holiday destination you probably hadn't thought of 

Germany is one of the finest spots on the Continent to enjoy autumn – so why do so few people consider it for a holiday? William Cook writes:

"I’ve been to Germany more times than I can count, and each time I go there I discover something new. From windswept beaches in the north to Alpine peaks in the south, the landscape is stunning, and the big cities boast some of the finest museums and galleries in Europe. Sure, it’s got a few rough edges, but for me that’s all part of what makes it so invigorating. Whether you’re into high culture or the great outdoors, you’re sure to find it here."

Read the full feature, here.

Watch: Taj Mahal reopens to visitors after six months 

Got a staycation booked this autumn?

This map shows where cases are on the rise across the UK.

The secret corners of Umbria that tourists (and Boris) haven't discovered

Boris Johnson allegedly popped off to Perugia, capital of Umbria, a couple of weeks ago. Perhaps he had been reading Telegraph Travel. Last month one of our Italy experts, Umbria-based Anne Hanley, described how the idyllic region feels almost back to normal, with scores of domestic tourists making up for the international shortfall.

She wrote:

“The global pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the Italian hospitality sector. By July, seven out of ten Venetian hotels were accepting guests, but occupation rates languished at just 15 per cent. In Rome in August, fewer than 200 of the Italian capital’s 1,200-odd hotels have bothered to open at all. Yet in Città della Pieve, a small Umbrian town with sweeping views across the Valdichiana towards Tuscany, the situation couldn’t be more different: finding a room in the middle of August was like winning the lottery.”

Read more about the secret corners of Umbria that tourists (and Boris) haven't discovered.

When will our holidays return to normal?

One day we will be able to book a holiday without fear of cancellations, worries of a quarantine on return, or having to go through tedious social distancing measures on arrival. When will this be?

We spoke to three industry experts who share their insights on when they think we might return to the 2019 glory days of stress-free holidays.

Paul Nuki, Telegraph Global Health Security Editor, said:

“If you plan your holidays in advance, booking not just a time slot but a country, flights and accommodation in advance, things are unlikely to get back to normal until the end of 2022, and perhaps not even then. It will be a story of anxiety, disappointment and cancellations.“But for those happy to travel independently and who are willing to be flexible, there has not been a better time to holiday since Laurie Lee set out one midsummer’s morning, or Kerouac hit the road. Prices for flights and accommodation have never been cheaper. Mountains, beaches, cathedrals, forests and oceans are blissfully quiet. And restaurants, boutiques and patisseries have never been more attentive or grateful for your custom and company. “You can wait with the herd for the old normal to return or you can embrace the new one today. The choice is yours.”

Read the full article here.

Cheddar Caves to close

Cheddar Caves and Gorge will not reopen this year, and the company that runs the sight of natural beauty, Longleat Enterprises, said it "could not seeing that changing in 2021".

"The effect of the pandemic on our operations has been profound," it said.

Cheddar Gorge Credit: Getty

The staff, all based at Cheddar in Somerset, will enter a formal redundancy process.

Cheddar Caves and Gorge is made up of a series of caves, a museum and cafe and also offers rock climbing activities in the gorge.

Airbus reveals 'zero emissions' hydrogen-fuelled aircraft for 2035 

Airbus has unveiled a trio of zero emissions passenger aircraft powered by hydrogen that it claims could take to the skies by 2035, Matthew Field reports.

The new designs, which will form part of the ZEROe line, included a turbofan aircraft with a range of 2,000 nautical miles, a modified gas-turbine engine running on hydrogen and capacity for 200 passengers.

A concept 'blended wing' hydrogen aircraft that could seat up to 200 passengers Credit: Getty

Airbus has also designed  a propeller powered aircraft that can carry 100 passengers and a blended wing aircraft that it claims would be able to carry 200 people and have a range of up to 2,000 nautical miles.

The aerospace manufacturer, known for its giant A380 superjumbo, said the designs would rely on hydrogen fuel and storage, meaning their only emission would be water.

Read the full report here.

Is it safe to book a ski holiday for next winter? 

Thinking of a ski holiday this winter?

Here we answer the top queries from our readers regarding booking their future ski holidays, from alternative to flying to how life in resorts might change.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan 'seriously concerned' 

In a tweet this morning, he said: "Later today I'll meet with borough leaders and public health experts to discuss the spread of the virus in our city, which I'm seriously concerned about.

"I'll update Londoners as soon as I can about any measures that we believe may be required."

Mr Khan said, on September 18, he was "extremely concerned" by the latest evidence he has seen and was of the "firm view" that action should be taken before the virus spirals out of control.

What is the situation in Denmark?

Cases are on the rise. The country recorded 469 cases yesterday, bringing the seven-day figure up to 49.9 per 100,000.

Which country could be quarantined next?

 A look at the rising Covid-19 cases around the world. The threshold for a UK quarantine is 20 cases per 100,000 over a seven-day period.

Five spectacular UK road trips to enjoy this autumn 

Autumn is a great time for a road trip, and the UK has some of the best driving routes in the world.

Here are our five favourite places to hit the road.

In other news

Here's some footage of a whale escaping from an Australian crocodile.

A humpback whale has found its way back to sea weeks after it got lost in a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia.

There have been no previous recorded sightings of whales in remote East Alligator River in the Northern Territory's World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, and no one can explain why at least three of the blue water mammals ventured so deep inland in a river with little visibility.

The last of the trio managed to navigate its way through shallow channels at the broad river mouth and back into Van Diemen Gulf over the weekend, a Kakadu National Park official said on Monday.

Oktoberfest has been cancelled...

... but the Germans have still found a way to celebrate. While the main festival grounds are deserted, local beer halls have kept the spirit alive on a smaller scale, and in compliance with Covid-19 regulations.

Credit: Getty
Credit: Getty
Credit: Getty

Cases in Europe continue to rise 

The number of Covid-19 cases across Europe are continuing to rise.

  • France recorded another 13,498 cases on Saturday, the second straight day over 13,000.
  • Germany added 2,179 cases on Friday – the second day in a row cases exceeded 2,000
  • Russia reported 6,065 cases, the first time cases exceeded 6,000 since July
  • Poland saw a record tally of 1,002 cases on Saturday
  • Turkey saw a tally of 1,519 cases and 61 deaths yesterday, as cases continue to rise

India easing restrictions despite increase in cases 

India has recorded nearly 87,000 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, with another 1,130 deaths.

With the Health Ministry announcement Monday, India now has more than 5.4 million reported cases since the pandemic began and within weeks is expected to surpass the United States, currently the country with the most reported cases.

India's total deaths in the pandemic now stand at 87,882.

Despite the steady increase in cases, the government has continued to relax virus restrictions in order to help an economy that contracted 24 per cent in the second quarter.

On Monday, the Taj Mahal will reopen after a six-month closure. There will be some restrictions such as compulsory mask-wearing, thermal screening of visitors and physical distancing at the monument.

The Taj Mahal reopened to visitors on September 21 in a symbolic business-as-usual gesture 

Where can you (feasibly) visit, right now?

In all, there are now 12 places on the travel corridor list that have no restrictions on UK arrivals, and a further 12 with limited restrictions that make holiday feasible. Here is the full guide, as of September 17:

  1. Denmark
  2. Germany
  3. Gibraltar
  4. Greece (Partially open)
  5. Greenland
  6. Italy (including Vatican City)
  7. Liechtenstein
  8. Poland
  9. San Marino
  10. Slovakia
  11. Sweden
  12. Turkey
  13. Azores: Test on arrival
  14. Cyprus: Test before departure
  15. Faroe Islands: Test on arrival
  16. Iceland: Test on arrival
  17. Jersey: Test of arrival
  18. Madeira
  19.  Anguilla: Test before departure
  20. Antigua and Barbuda: Test before departure
  21. Barbados: Test before departure
  22. Bermuda: Test before departure
  23. St Lucia: Test before departure
  24. St Vincent and the Grenadines: Test before departure

We must follow the Swedish model and learn to live with Covid

The latest rise in infection should be more of a 'second bump' than a second wave and the response must be proportionate, writes Mark Woolhouse.

Life has been, more or less, normal in Sweden during the pandemic Credit: Getty

What did we learn yesterday?

A quick recap of yesterday's top stories.

  • Iceland's infection rate is now double the UK's quarantine threshold  
  • 5,000 travel companies have appealed for airport testing
  • Thomas Cook fails to commit to 14-day refund policy
  • 1,000 jobs at risk across Butlins holiday camps
  • Blackpool beach slammed for no social distancing

Now, on with today's news.