After France, will the British government restore quarantine for Cyprus, Iceland and other countries?


Tens of thousands of potential holidaymakers have been disappointed – and faced with a thorny insurance application process – after the government reintroduced a 14-day quarantine for travelers returning from France, the Netherlands and Malta late in the day. last night.Starting tomorrow (August 15), travelers returning from these three countries, as well as Aruba, Monaco, and the Turks and Caicos Islands, must provide an address where they will self-isolate for 14 days (or risk a fine of up to up to £ 1,000 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, or £ 480 in Scotland). During these two weeks, they cannot go to work, school or any public place, nor receive visitors – except for essential support.

Over the past month, the UK government has also reimposed quarantine restrictions on travelers returning from Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas.

So which severely affected countries could be next? Grant Shapps, Britain’s transport secretary, suggested this morning that any country recording more than 20 cases per 100,000 population in a seven-day period could lead to the reintroduction of quarantine measures.

“With France and these other countries, the Netherlands and elsewhere, the numbers have just passed the threshold, which is around 20 cases per 100,000, but measured on a seven-day moving average,” Shapps told BBC Radio 4’s Today program.

According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the cumulative number of cases per 100,000 over 14 days – a different but comparable measure – currently stands at 34 in France, 42 in the Netherlands and 84 in Malta.

Countries that appear to be oscillating or approaching levels similar to those of France and the Netherlands are Sweden (36 cases per 100,000), Poland (25), the Czech Republic (29), Denmark (26), Bulgaria (38), Iceland (29) and Cyprus (24).

If these trajectories continue, it is possible that the government will reinstate quarantine for these destinations. So, basically: think very carefully (and watch the stats carefully) before you book a vacation abroad in the weeks and months ahead.
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