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Turkey has been removed from the government’s list of travel corridors, meaning travellers arriving in the UK after 4am on Saturday must self-isolate for 14 days.

Tourists coming back from Poland and the Caribbean islands of Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba must also self-isolate.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps made the announcement on Thursday, October 1.

He tweeted: "The latest data indicates we need to remove Turkey, Poland, and Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba from the #TravelCorridor list this week.

"This means if you arrive from these destinations from 4am Saturday 3 October, you will need to self-isolate."

He added that the penalties for people who refuse to self-isolate are to be increased to a maximum of £10,000 for repeat offenders.

Countries with infection rates of 20 or more people per 100,000 have been added to the government’s list.

On September 30, a Turkish MP suggested the number of infections was 20 times higher than official figures, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Murat Emir, a member of the Republican People’s Party, claimed he had a Turkish health ministry document which stated there were more than 29,000 positive coronavirus tests on September 10.

The public figure was just 1,512.

He told Fox Turkey: “If this document is true, it is time to explain the truth to our people.”

Health minister Fahrettin Koca later admitted the the word “patients” means those who had tested positive and had symptoms of coronavirus.

However, those who tested positive and had no symptoms were not included in the table, the Financial Times reports.

Last week, Shapps said that passengers returning from Denmark, Iceland, Slovakia and the Caribbean island of Curacao would have to self-isolate on their return.

At the time, Denmark was recording a seven-day rate of 65.2 coronavirus cases per 100,000 people, up from 33.8 a week earlier.

Iceland and Slovakia had rates of 80.4 and 25.9 respectively, while Curacao was on 66.7.

The figures were calculated by the PA news agency based on data collected by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

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