At least 11 European countries where quarantine-free travel is possible have suffered Covid-19 increases in recent days, with some reaching higher infection rates than the UK. In the past two weeks, Croatia and Belgium have registered twice as many cases per head as Britain.

Infections have climbed in France, Germany and Austria too.

Tour operators warned of a sharp drop in bookings to short-haul destinations for the rest of the summer as confidence in overseas travel continues to collapse reported The Times UK.