More countries join the UK quarantine list, and France could be next
Posted on 07/08/2020
With British holidaymakers facing more and more uncertainty regarding trips abroad (Belgium, Andorra and The Bahamas having been taken out of the travel corridors), the chancellor said ministers would "not hesitate" to enforce new restrictions. According to the government, France could be next on the UK's quarantine list, and they are now "closely monitoring" their number of coronavirus cases.
Higher risk countries
According to a travel consultant, France has five days to bring its infection numbers down, or it could be added to the list of "higher risk" countries.
Asked about the situation with France, Rishi Sunak said ministers "will not hesitate to take action" if there was a risk, and that it could join Belgium and Spain on the red list.
"It's a tricky situation. What I can say to people is we're in the midst of a global pandemic and that means there is always the risk of disruption to travel plans and people need to bear that in mind."
"It's the right thing for us to do to keep everything under review on a constant basis talking with our scientists, our medical advisers. If we need to take action as you've seen overnight we will of course not hesitate to do that, and we're doing that to protect people's health."
This comes after the announcement from Santé Publique, the French health authority, that Covid-19 cases had grown by 33% in the week to August 6, particularly touching 20 to 30-year-olds.