Portugal will not be put back on the quarantine list in England today.

There was wide speculation it would after the number of COVID-19 cases in Portugal rose to 23 per 100,000 people in the seven days up to Wednesday – up from 15.3 a week earlier.

The UK government generally says countries where the figure is higher than 20 per 100,000 are at risk of being added to the list.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps tweeted: “We continue to keep the Travel Corridor list under constant review & won’t hesitate to remove countries if needed. However, there are no English additions or removals today. Nonetheless, holidaymakers are reminded – 14-day quarantine countries can & do change at very short notice.”

Holidaymakers in Portugal were scrambling to get home this week.

British Airways flight prices jumped to more than £500 for Thursday, and EasyJet sold out all its flights from Faro to airports in Britain for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Portugal was originally left off the list of so-called “travel corridors” where people could arrive from without needing to quarantine, when the policy was brought in in June.

It was only added to the safe list a few weeks ago – on 22 August.