The UK says this is in response to concerns over the beta variant in France, which was first identified in South Africa.
From July 19, people who have been fully vaccinated in the UK can travel to other countries on the Orange List – France’s Color List – without having to self-quarantine when they return to the UK. United.
France will not be included in this change, the British government announced last night (July 16).
The UK says this is due to the “persistent presence in France of the beta variant, which was first identified in South Africa”.
Scotland and Northern Ireland have not made any announcements on this matter.
A Scottish government spokesperson said ministers “are considering the best approach as we seek to take a four-country approach to international travel where possible,” the BBC reported.
The British government statement says:
“Although the current cases of the beta variant in France are not high enough to force arrivals to enter managed quarantine (to be added to the red travel list), it is important to consider the potential risk of detection and transmission in light of the current situation in England.
“As a precautionary measure to protect the gains made in the UK vaccination program, and as the country unblocks, anyone arriving from France to England will continue to self-quarantine for 10 days from Monday morning, as we continue to assess the latest data and monitor beta variant prevalence.
This update will not impact people who have been fully vaccinated outside the UK, as the no-quarantine rule only applies to people vaccinated in the UK.
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Beta variant not put forward by the French health authorities
The issue of the beta variant was not highlighted in the latest Covid-19 assessment published by the French national health agency Santé Publique France yesterday (July 16).
The only mention of the variant in the report is to indicate that it is the dominant variant in the French overseas department of Réunion.
The report includes a table showing the percentage distribution of cases linked to the different variants in France.
The Beta variant is gray in color. The far right column groups together the most recent data in France on the prevalence of variants, and shows that Beta represents a very low proportion of cases – this is the gray line above the orange block (which represents the alpha variant).
Statistics collected by GISAID, a data initiative that monitors Covid-19 around the world in real time, show that there have been 86 new cases of the beta variant in France in the past four weeks, bringing the total to 2 125. This is equivalent to 3.4% of all cases in France.
Yesterday when The connection Checked the GISAID data, he said France had a total of 2,135 cases.
GISAID shows the UK has four new beta cases during this period and a total of 812 cases. Germany would have 2,231 variant cases.
To track Covid variants, France uses a combination of testing for specific mutations and also the sequencing technique, which allows scientists to check samples for any possible mutation.
A series of “flash” sequencing studies are conducted in France every two weeks, where a random sample of Covid-19 PCR tests from across the country is sequenced.
The results of the latest flash study made fully public, which bears the number 12, show that the beta variant of Covid-19 represents 100% of cases in Reunion, a French overseas department, but “circulates at low levels ”in metropolitan France. France.
Santé Publique France also keeps data showing the rate of Covid-19 cases linked to different mutations present in the variants.
The map below uses the latest data, from June 22 to June 28, and shows the rate of cases found to include the E484K mutation, which is present in the Beta and Gamma variants (first identified in Brazil).
It shows that the overseas departments of Réunion and French Guyana have the highest proportion of cases with this mutation.
Some studies have shown that the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, which has been widely used in the UK and less in France, is less effective in preventing mild cases of Covid caused by the Beta variant.
South Africa, where the variant was first identified, stopped using the AstraZeneca vaccine in February for this reason.
However, studies on this topic are inconclusive.
France has reported 10,908 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, and the daily average number of cases has increased by 78% over the past week.
16 people in France are said to have died in hospital as a result of Covid-19 during this period.
The UK has reported 51,870 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours and a weekly increase in cases of 34.9%. 49 people are believed to have died from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours in the UK.
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