FRANCE has opened seaside coronavirus test sites in tourist areas amid fears of a second wave sweeping across Europe.
It comes as Britain and Germany halt holiday travel to Spain as the country has seen a significant increase in the number of coronavirus cases.
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Doctors offering nasal swab tests are now popping up in high-traffic places in France, including beaches, parks and train stations.
Additional testing services are also being deployed at airports in an effort to keep an eye out for a potential increase in cases.
Bars and beaches have also been placed under curfew in Brittany after 19 new cases were reported last week in Quiberon.
France is connected to the UK by an airlift, which means tourists can go on vacation and not be put in a two-week quarantine when they return home.
Spain was also connected in this way, before the government drastically pulled down the bridge – leaving 600,000 Britons facing two weeks of isolation.
The Foreign Ministry has warned that all special travel corridors are now under threat – as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said, there are “signs of a second wave” in Europe.
British officials are said to be closely monitoring the increase in coroanvirus cases in France – as well as Germany, which is also expected to face a second wave.
France has not seen a dramatic increase in cases like Spain, but the numbers have climbed.
It hit a low of 81 cases on June 24, but this week France has seen more than a thousand cases per day for four consecutive days for the first time since April.
July 23, 24, 25 and 26 all saw disturbing numbers, before the numbers fell back to 517 on July 27.
Spain, meanwhile, has recorded more than 2,000 cases per day since July 23 and more than 1,000 cases per day since July 15, compared to 167 on June 8.
The Prime Minister warned: “What we need to do is take swift and decisive action where we believe the risks are starting to explode again.
“Let’s be absolutely clear on what is happening in Europe, among some of our European friends I’m afraid you’re starting to see signs of a second wave of pandemic in some places.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also warned that more countries could be excluded from the UK’s safe travel list in the very short term.
Speaking on Sky, he said: “As we have seen with Spain, we cannot give guarantees. ”
He added, “I’m not going to tell people what they should or shouldn’t do.
“They should take the advice. I will be staying home this summer. ”
France lamented the situation as cases multiply across the continent, saying there has been a “marked increase” since the lockdown was lifted and that progress has been “erased”.
The Department of Health said: “We are back to levels comparable to the end of the lockdown period.
“We have thus erased a good part of the progress made in the first weeks since the lockout was lifted.
“It is more than ever essential to re-impose our collective discipline. ”
And meanwhile, Germany is also bracing for a second wave as an official warns the coronavirus is already back.
The daily number of cases in Germany reached 818 on Friday, its highest number since June 17.
The R-rate – which estimates the number of people infected by a person infected with coronavirus – was 1.16 in Germany over the past week.
Health chief Lothar Wieler said: “We must prevent the virus from spreading again quickly and uncontrollably. “
England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, has addressed the Cabinet ‘Covid-O’ committee and called for Spain to be added to the quarantine list.
The ‘clincher’ who convinced top ministers to introduce quarantine was when they were told 10 Britons had tested positive for the virus since July 1 after visiting Spain.
Professor Whitty said the number was “statistically significant” and that cases of Covid-19 in Spain had jumped 75 percent.
“It was a small number, but it was significant enough to cause concern,” a source briefed on the meeting told The Telegraph.
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Mallorca, Ibiza and the Canary Islands are asking to be excluded from the two-week quarantine in Spain in hopes of continuing to welcome tourists.
Junior Health Minister Helen Whatley said: “For some islands the fares are actually increasing, there is also travel between the islands and the mainland, so we had to put in place a clear policy that would best protect the United Kingdom. . ”
European countries were hoping to reopen after being ravaged by the virus in March and April as the epicenter of the pandemic moved to South America and the United States.
Last week, EU leaders announced a colossal coronavirus stimulus package worth more than £ 670 billion after four nights of talks.