France set to be put on travel quarantine list as coronavirus cases rise again

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It is understood that a decision had not yet been made on whether to remove France from the security list on Thursday evening, as ministers wanted to assess the latest data before acting.

Mr Johnson said the government would be “absolutely ruthless” to impose the measures, even with “our closest and dearest partners”.

Speaking on a visit to Northern Ireland, he said: “We cannot be content with our own situation. Everyone understands that in the event of a pandemic, you are not allowing our population to be reinfected or the disease to reappear.

“This is why the quarantine measures are very important and we must apply them very strictly. “

Meanwhile, the Netherlands and Malta are expected to be removed from the list of “travel lanes”, government sources confirmed Thursday. The Turks and Caicos Islands and Aruba are also expected to lose their place.

An official announcement on the status of nations is now expected on Saturday, giving ministers more time to analyze trends in cases in France.

Up to 400,000 Britons on holiday in the country (see video below) face a last minute potential to return home before the measures take effect. It is understood that the government would try to give at least 30 hours’ notice before imposing further restrictions.

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