UK is watching France coronavirus outbreak ‘very closely’ amid travel ban speculation

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UK is watching France coronavirus outbreak 'very closely' amid travel ban speculation


The surge in coronavirus cases in France is being analyzed “very closely” by the British government, Boris Johnson said.
His comment came amid speculation that France could be added to the UK’s travel ban list.

This measure will be discussed at a meeting of the “Covid O” committee on Tuesday, according to the Daily Telegraph.

From April 6, carriers from outside the UK and Ireland visiting England for more than two days will be required to take a Covid-19 test within 48 hours of arrival and once every 72 hours thereafter.

But the government could go further by adding France to the UK’s red list, the PA news agency said.

Some 4,872 patients have been registered in intensive care in France, which is almost the maximum during the country’s previous coronavirus outbreak in November.

Red list status would mean that direct flights, crossings and trains between France and the UK could be banned, and people who are not British or Irish nationals or UK residents would be banned from entering the UK. United Kingdom if they had been in France within the previous 10 days. .

Eligible arrivals would be required to spend 10 days in a quarantine hotel at a cost of £ 1,750 per person.

The Prime Minister insisted the UK has one of the toughest border regimes in the world as he was asked why France was not put on the red list.

He said at a Downing Street briefing: “We have one of the toughest diets in the world… many European countries don’t even have the hotel quarantine of the type we have in the UK.

“There are already 35 countries on the red list, we are watching very closely what is happening in France, we are constantly monitoring it.

He added that the flow of medicine and food across the Channel meant “we have to make sure we also manage the disruption” if tougher measures are imposed.

Countries currently on the red list include all of South America and Southern Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

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