France “is a few days away from the British coronavirus quarantine list”, says travel expert

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Concern is growing that France will be added to the UK’s quarantine list within days.

Ministers are still monitoring coronavirus outbreaks in holiday hotspots – and could not rule out France being excluded from the list.

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Ministers are still monitoring coronavirus outbreaks in holiday hotspots – and couldn’t rule out France being left off the listCredit: AFP or licensors

Downing Street said today it is closely monitoring the number of cases, test numbers and infection rates in “a number of countries and territories”.

A spokesperson for No 10 said a review takes place every week, but they can remove a nation from the “safe list” if cases increase to an “unacceptable level”.

There has been a spike in cases across Europe – with infections on the rise in the Netherlands and Malta over the past two weeks – meaning they will likely be the next countries to be removed.

Although the prime minister’s spokesperson was pressed on France, he declined to discuss individual nations.

The Prime Minister’s spokesperson said: “We keep data on all countries and territories and any decision of ministers will be informed by health experts.”

Last week Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas were dropped from the list of “airlifts”.

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According to the latest figures, France has a rate of 26 cases per 100,000 inhabitantsCredit: Reuters

The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control publishes the number of coronavirus cases and deaths by country every day and according to the latest figures, France has a rate of 26 cases per 100,000 people.

Paul Charles, spokesperson for the Quash Quarantine campaign group, told the Telegraph that if the country remains above 20 cases per 100,000 people for more than seven days, it is likely to be added to the quarantine list of the United Kingdom.

He said: “Last week its number of cases per 100,000 rose from 17 (higher than the UK’s at 14) to 26, a jump of 50 percent.

“I know from high level government sources that anything over 20 per 100,000 for a period of seven days or more is likely to lead this country to be added to the quarantine list.

“On this basis, France has only two days to bring its figures below 20.”

Britons can currently travel to and from France without quarantine on arrival or return3
Britons can currently travel to and from France without quarantine on arrival or returnCredit: AP: Associated Press

TThe latest figures also show the Netherlands soared to 32.5 per 100,000, while Malta soared to 58.6.

Spain was excluded from the list when it reached 39 cases per 100,000.

But the spokesperson confirmed that countries had a “sustained” improvement in control of the virus over several weeks – giving hope to Portugal.

The Sun revealed last week that the holiday destination met the criteria for being on the list, but ministers were waiting a few weeks to ensure cases stay low.

Britons can currently travel to and from France without quarantine on arrival or return, and there is no ban in place.

There are also no entry restrictions on coronavirus testing or entry forms to fill out.



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