France adds 3 more countries to the red list for fear of a Delta variant of Covid – .

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France adds 3 more countries to the red list for fear of a Delta variant of Covid – .


Russia, Namibia and Seychelles are added to the “red” list, government spokesman Gabriel Attal told reporters on Wednesday.
Russia, and in particular Moscow, have been hit hard by the highly infectious Delta variant first identified in India in recent weeks, a problem made worse by slow vaccine uptake even though the country has produced its own vaccines. .

The Delta variant is also causing concern in the UK, where it now accounts for 90 percent of all cases.

When asked if France is considering adding the UK to its red list, Attal said: “We are adjusting our rules as the threat evolves. If action needs to be taken for other countries, we will take them. But at this point, I have no information to share.

As it seeks to stop the spread of potentially dangerous variants in the face of an increasingly successful vaccination program, France has divided the world into green, orange and red countries for travel and imposed more relaxed rules for travelers fully vaccinated.

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Travelers from Red List countries can only come to France for essential reasons and even fully vaccinated travelers who meet the criteria for vital reasons must self-quarantine for 7 days upon arrival.

Unvaccinated travelers who meet the criteria for vital reasons should self-quarantine for 10 days – quarantine can be carried out in a private home, but is enforced by police visits.

The increase in cases of the Delta variant in the UK has raised concerns. The recent spike in cases there has been much less drastic than in Russia amid the rapid rollout of vaccination in the UK, where 82% of adults have had at least one vaccine.

Hospitalizations and the number of patients on mechanical ventilators, although down from their peak, have increased in recent weeks.

There were 227 people on a ventilator on June 21, up from 120 a month earlier, according to NHS data.

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