Two weeks later, France was removed from the list of international travel for “anything but essential”.
And it looks like neither France nor Spain will be reissued a travel corridor pass anytime soon.
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Grant Shapps told LBC: “At the moment, I’m afraid France and Spain are wrong.
“So just to put numbers on that, we respond when there are about 20 cases per 100,000 people measured on a seven-day moving average. So 20 is the number to keep in mind. ”
He added: “I think the last I saw from Spain was in the 1940s and 1950s, so far from it, and France, which… quarantined since last weekend, j I’m afraid to say we were right. do this because we have seen cases continue to continue in France as well.
“And to put a country back in the travel corridor, what we’re saying is that it has to stay below that number for a few cycles.
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“So a cycle lasts two weeks for the coronavirus. ”
Mr Shapps said on Thursday that travelers from Croatia, Austria and Trinidad and Tobago to the UK would be required to self-isolate for 14 days, with restrictions coming into effect from 4 a.m. on Saturday in the morning.
It comes as Portugal has been granted Travel Corridor status, meaning the British will not have to self-quarantine upon their return to the UK from the country.