France to be next on list as Rishi Sunak warns ‘we will not hesitate’ to quarantine more countries

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British arrivals from France could face a two-week quarantine (Photo: Getty / AP)

The government has hinted that France could be next on the list of countries requiring returning travelers to be quarantined in the UK.

After Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas were added to Spain, Luxembourg and Serbia last night, there are fears that an increase in coronavirus cases across the Channel could mean the government soon forces arrivals from France to self-isolate for two weeks.

The Chancellor warned vacationers this morning that “ there is always a risk of disruption of travel plans ” during a pandemic, when asked whether France could be the next country added to the quarantine list.

Rishi Sunak told Sky News: “It is a delicate situation. What I can tell people is that we are in the midst of a global pandemic and that means there is always a risk of disruption to travel plans and people need to keep that in mind. .

“It’s the right thing to do for us to keep everything under review at all times by chatting with our scientists, our medical advisers, and if we have to act like you saw overnight, we will not hesitate. of course not to do it, and we are doing it to protect people’s health ”.

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Last night, he announced that arrivals to the UK from the three new countries would be quarantined from 4 a.m. on Saturday 8 August.

Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas have been removed from the government’s “safe list” following a spike in coronavirus cases.

France and Malta remain classified as “safe” for now, despite signs of a second wave in the first and cases in the second tripling in recent weeks.

People who do not self-isolate when necessary can be fined up to £ 1,000 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and those returning to Scotland could be fined of £ 480, with fines of up to £ 5,000 for repeat offenders.

The government has repeatedly warned that it could make changes to the safety list “quickly” and it is likely that more countries will be removed from the quarantine exemption list in the coming months, while more countries will be removed from the quarantine exemption list. others could be added.

Meanwhile, arrivals to England from Brunei and Malaysia will not need to be quarantined until they have been or have passed through any other non-exempt country within the 14 days prior. their arrival and an airlift to Portugal was also rumored. .

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