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Decision on adding Portugal to UK quarantine list due on Friday

A decision on whether travellers will need to quarantine for 14 days when arriving in the UK from Portugal will be made on Friday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

Amid speculation Portugal could be added to the list, he told Sky News: “The simpler answer is that we follow the data and we make these announcements in an organised way on a Friday lunchtime.

“We are going to publish a further decision tomorrow, having looked at the data and I’m not going to pre-judge that.”

Mr Hancock also pleaded with the public to get coronavirus tests if they have symptoms.

Defending the testing system in an interview with BBC Breakfast, he said “the vast majority” of people get tests close to home, despite some being directed to centres more than 100 miles away.

“If you have symptoms, please come forward and get a test,” he said.

“It is straightforward, it is easy and the vast majority of people get one close to their home.”