Paul Charles tweeted: “Friday update: #Portugal is now in the amber zone as cases rise again. #Italy still green but has gone from 7 to 13 in a week. A clear surge continuing in #Spain and #France.”

Data released by The PC Agency shows that Portugal has moved into the amber zone with 16.4 cases per 100,000 over the past 7 days and 26.3 cases per 100,000 over the past 14 days.

While Covid-19 cases have been rising in Portugal in recent days, the situation appears to be more positive than that in Spain which has registered 110 cases per 100,000 over the past 7 days.

Criteria to be on the safe list of destinations for the UK, to avoid mandatory 14 day quarantine upon return to the UK, includes having an infection rate of less than 20 cases per 100,000 people over 7 days.