France, Belgium Covid-19 cases increasing rapidly: UK examines quarantine lists

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France has recorded its highest number of new Covid-19 cases since June, with a figure almost as high as Spain’s daily rate. Now that Spain is officially back on the quarantine lists of many countries, it seems increasingly likely that many will ban non-quarantined travel to France if it cannot stem the tide.

On Wednesday August 5, France recorded 1,695 positive cases. As stated in The telegraph, Spain, on the same day, recorded 1,772 new cases.

In the past two weeks, France has recorded an average of 22 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. To compare, the Telegraph noted that Spain had 35 cases per 100,000 inhabitants when it was removed from the British Foreign Office’s list of “safe” countries, where quarantine is not required on return (Spain has since 78 cases).

France is working to slow the acceleration of cases, largely attributed to the youngest who go out to bars and on vacation without a mask. Wearing a mask is mandatory in all covered public places in France, but many cities have since added outdoor streets and markets, notably in Nice and La Rochelle.

The world reported that the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, is also planning an imminent initiative to make face masks mandatory in large parts of the French capital. Le local said she was working with police to determine where masks should be mandatory.

Towns and villages on the Swiss border in Haute-Savoie have also made masks at social gatherings of more than 10 people and at open-air markets.

Malta and Belgium have also seen cases increase in recent days, to the point that their rates are now higher than those of Portugal or Sweden, the latter both on the ‘red’ list of UK visitors, where people must go into quarantine. at their return.

Malta and Belgium are currently on the safe list, but the British government said in a statement on Thursday that it would add Belgium to its list of countries where quarantine is essential.

The UK is expected to make a decision within the next 24 hours, during its weekly review.


As of Wednesday, August 5, 2020, France had reported a total of 30,305 deaths, including 9 pf in the past 24 hours.

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