Ministers will discuss today whether holidaymakers returning to the UK from France should be quarantined for 14 days as the country suffers a spike in coronavirus cases.
Downing Street will debate adding France to its ‘red list’ of high-risk destinations after registering 10,800 new Covid-19 infections last week.
Amendments to the list will be considered at a meeting chaired by Cabinet Minister Michael Gove, reports The Times.
However, the final decision could be postponed until later in the week as the government continues to monitor the situation.
“As we speak now, France is probably just afraid to cross the line, but it is certainly about to be,” a source told the newspaper.
“It’s such a huge call that it’s likely they might want to wait a few more days and get more data.”
Last year 9.27 million Britons vacationed in France, making it the second most popular destination after Spain.
The country registers around 2,000 new cases of the disease each day against 1,000 three weeks ago, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Tuesday at a press briefing.
“Around 25 new clusters are identified every day compared to five three weeks ago,” he added.
The average of 29.4 cases per 100,000 in France over 14 days, compared to 17.1 in the UK, according to data compiled by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Meanwhile, Portugal is seeing a sharp drop in cases, which means it is likely to be added to the safe list of so-called travel corridors.
But a decision is not expected until next week at the earliest, according to the Times.
The latest infection rates from European hotspots are as follows:
Spain – 90.3 (cases per 100,000)
Romania – 85.7
Malta – 63.0
Belgium – 61.7
Netherlands – 34.6
France – 29,4
Portugal – 24.6.
Poland – 23.7
United Kingdom – 17.1
Greece – 14.2
Germany – 13.3
Italy – 7.5