Coronavirus: Britons traveling to France warned to “keep an eye” on quarantine rules | UK News

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Anyone planning a cross-Channel vacation is warned to “keep an eye” on advice from the Foreign Ministry, in case France’s quarantine status changes, a minister said.

From France the position is under review, said Health Minister Helen Whately, stressing that they would not hesitate to coronavirus travel restrictions to prevent ‘horrible disease’ from spreading further in UK.

This means Britain’s neighbor could be added to the list of countries from which returning travelers must undergo a 14-day quarantine.



“The crisis here is serious”

A recent spike in case in France urged the government to consider measures and on Friday the number of daily cases climbed to more than 2200.

It was a high level after the lockdown, but it has since dropped – to 2,184 new infections on Saturday, 1,885 on Sunday and 785 on Monday, the country’s health ministry said.

Emmanuel Macron’s government reacted by introducing new rules on wear headwear in some busy outdoor areas Paris.

Ms Whately said: “We acted in Spain when we saw rates rise rapidly.

“With France we need to keep it up to date and I would tell people to keep an eye out if you are planning a vacation – keep an eye on the advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and be clear on your insurance terms”, a- she told Talk. Radio.

Ministers are basing their decisions on more than the number of new cases, she said, the number of tests being done, another guide.

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“You have to look at a range of these factors, we take the advice of the chief medical officer, the clinical advisor, on the right thing to do.

“But we are in a pandemic, this is a horrible disease, we have to do what is right for the health of our nation. ”

Face masks have been made mandatory in some of the most popular tourist areas of Paris, including along the Seine and Montmartre, with on-site fines of 135 euros (£ 122) for breaking the rules.

New restrictions are expected to be announced at the end of the week, unless a sudden spike in cases forces ministers before that date.

An updated analysis of coronavirus infections abroad by the government’s Joint Biosafety Center is expected mid-week.

The ministers are keen to make people aware of the possibility that new quarantine measures may be imposed.

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