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Italy joins UK quarantine list as infections across Europe climb

TRAVELLERS arriving from Italy will have to self-isolate for 14 days as infection rates soar across Europe.

Italy will be on the UK’s quarantine list from Sunday after it reported a daily record of 8,804 new cases as well as 83 deaths — up from 43 in the previous 24 hours.

Arrivals from San Marino and the Vatican will also have to quarantine but the Greek island of Crete will be added to the exemption list.

Meanwhile, the number of daily cases leapt from 22,951 to 30,621 in France yesterday, while the number of Covid patients in intensive care there rose by 77 to 1,750.

President Emmanuel Macron previously announced nine regions, including Paris, will be under a 9pm curfew from tomorrow — with nearly half of ICU beds in the capital now occupied by virus patients.

In Germany, chancellor Angela Merkel urged people to stop partying or risk a second national lockdown.

‘We must call especially on young people to do without a few parties now in order to have a good life tomorrow,’ she said.

Bavarian state premier Markus Soeder called for a ‘philosophy of more masks, less alcohol, fewer private parties’. He warned: ‘We are much closer to a second lockdown than we might want to believe.’

The Czech Republic is to start building extra capacity for Covid-19 patients ‘as soon as possible’ as it faces Europe’s fastest rate of infections. ‘We have no time. The prognosis is not good,’ prime minister Andrej Babis said.

Poland’s daily cases topped 8,000 yesterday, hitting a record high for the second day straight.