Britons in France await news of quarantine as number of cases rises

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Up to a million British holidaymakers currently in France are awaiting news on whether they face any quarantine restrictions when they return home.France remains on the list of countries exempted from the 14-day isolation measure, but the rate of new coronavirus cases there increased last week.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak warned on Friday that the UK “will not hesitate” to impose quarantines for more countries in the interest of protecting public health.

On Thursday evening, the four British countries announced that people arriving from Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas, who were on the “safe” list, should now be quarantined for two weeks.

Rising cases

The measure was imposed on Thursday in Wales at midnight and will go into effect in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland at 4 a.m. on Saturday.

Coronavirus cases in Belgium jumped to 29 per 100,000 inhabitants this week, prompting the transport ministry to implement the measure and the foreign ministry to change its travel advice.

On July 25, the United Kingdom imposed a quarantine on arrivals from Spain when the case rate was 37.1 per 100,000 people.

Figures from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control show that there have been 23.4 cases per 100,000 in France in the past two weeks. On Wednesday, the country recorded its highest number of daily Covid-19 infections in more than two months, with 1,695 cases reported in the past 24 hours.

France has the third highest death toll in Europe after the UK and Italy.

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‘Risk of disruption’

Holidaymakers and business travelers currently in France are advised to continue to check the UK government website for updates. A source from Whitehall said if France remained on the exonerated list, Spain’s example “showed how the situation could change quickly.”

And the chancellor told Sky News that “there is always a risk of disruption” for any holiday during the pandemic.

The quarantines reimposed on Spain and Luxembourg remain in place. The Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that Brunei and Malaysia have now been classified as safe and have been removed from the quarantine list.

Anyone currently abroad or about to embark on a trip is advised to check the government’s list of countries in the travel corridor, where there is no quarantine for those returning to the UK. United.

Arrivals from dangerous countries that do not self-isolate are subject to fines of up to £ 1,000 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, or £ 480 in Scotland.

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