According to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the United Kingdom will not find itself in a country on the red list, but it can face it ”.slightly more severe health measures ”, possibly have a category of its own.
“The arrival of the Indian variant is a problem, and we remain on the alert on this subject, in cooperation with the British authorities”, Le Drian said.
Previously this month, Secretary of State for Tourism Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne introduced the newest traffic light system for foreign travelers to France, through which countries in the system will be classified as ” Orange-red “, or « vert“, Depending on their situation with COVID-19.
Currently, Britons traveling to France must provide a negative PCR test, carried out 72 hours before arrival, complete a health declaration which requires them to self-isolate for seven days and take a PCR test.
In contrast, the United Kingdom classified France as a “Amber”Indicate the country, which means that travel is only allowed if necessary, alongside Spain and Germany. Travelers from Amber List countries must be quarantined for ten days and tested for COVID on days two and eight upon arrival in the UK.
In addition, the French Minister of Digital Affairs said that the government’s tracking app has been downloaded by 1.5 million people, or 24% of the French population. This app will include a “Green or health pass”, which can be used for people to attend sporting events, festivals and theme parks, meaning the holder has either been vaccinated, recently tested negative, or is recovering from COVID-19 and has natural antibodies.
The Indian variant has become dominant in parts of the UK, with a 160% increase in cases during the week. For Bolton, Bedford and parts of West London, surge testing has been carried out which has been successful, especially for the Sefton area.
According to the study by Public Health England (PHE), the Pfizer vaccine is 88% more effective against the Indian variant of COVID-19 after two doses, while AstraZeneca is 60% effective.
On Thursday, the European Union struck the deal, allowing tourists to use COVID-19 certificates in 27 national blocks from June 16.
Since the UK is no longer part of the EU, it cannot take advantage of the deal, but the country has launched a vaccine certificate on its National Health Service app.
Recently, Public Health England revealed that there were 3,424 cases of the B.1.617.2 variant of the coronavirus, known as the Indian variant, across the UK as of May 19. According to the peer-reviewed medical journal BMJ, “ government testing and traceability system failures ” may have contributed to the spread of the variant in the UK.