From Monday, UK residents returning from Orange List countries will no longer be required to self-quarantine, with the exception of people coming from France who must self-isolate for 10 days even if they are fully vaccinated, a announced the British government.
The additional restrictions come as the UK fears the beta variant, first discovered in South Africa, could spread from France. While the Delta variant is dominant in mainland France, the Beta variant has spread to the French island of Reunion, in the Indian Ocean.
Scientists warn that the Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been widely used in the UK, will not provide sufficient protection against this variant. “It’s probably less contagious than the Delta variant that’s spreading here in the UK right now. Its advantage is that it is able to evade the immune response to a better extent, ”John Edmunds, member of the UK SAGE government advisory committee, told BBC Radio 4 on Saturday.
“Travel will be different this year and while we are committed to continuing to open up safe international travel, our top priority is to protect public health here in the UK,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a statement. communicated.
France has introduced stricter measures on arrivals from the UK, including requiring mandatory PCR or antigen testing 24 hours before arrival for unvaccinated travelers.
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