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France could be axed from ‘air bridge’ list as coronavirus cases hit worrying spike

France holidays are a favourite among Britons who visit the country for its delectable cuisine and stunning scenery. But despite being a British favourite, and just a hop across the channel from the UK, the country could be about to get the axe from the UK’s quarantine exemption list. France recorded its highest daily number of new coronavirus cases since June.

Like Spain, the country could face being removed from the Foreign Office’s (FCO) safe list for Britons to travel to.

France recorded 1,695 positive tests in just 24 hours yesterday.

Spain – which was removed from the UK’s “air bridge” list last month – reported 1,772.

This is fewer cases than France.

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France could be axed from ‘air bridge’ list as coronavirus cases hit worrying spike (Image: GETTY)

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France: France recorded 1,695 positive tests in just 24 hours yesterday (Image: GETTY)

Over the past fortnight, France has had 22.4 new cases per 100,000 residents.

Around a week ago, this number was just 13.

When Spain was removed from the UK’s quarantine exemption list, it was at around 35 per 100,000.

Spain’s cases are now at 78 per 100,000.

Currently, Spain’s total cases are 352,847 with 28,499 deaths.

France has fewer cases at 194,029 but has recorded more deaths with 30,305.

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Spain was removed from the UK’s “air bridge” list after there was a spike in regional cases.

Catalonia, Aragon and Navarra are three of the country’s regions that experienced the biggest increase in cases.

France: The move could potentially devastate thousands of Britons who have booked summer holidays (Image: GETTY)

If France’s cases continue to increase, the FCO could require anyone travelling from that country to the UK to self-isolate for 14 days.

The move could potentially devastate thousands of Britons who have booked late summer holidays.

Although the death rates in both Spain and France remain relatively low, the FCO is not taking any risks when it comes to re-enforcing quarantine rules.

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Recently, other countries have recorded an increase in coronavirus cases which could mean they are removed from the UK’s quarantine-free list.

Belgium, Malta and Croatia have all recorded an increase in cases and are all currently included on the UK’s “air bridge” list.

Global tourism 2020 (Image: EXPRESS)

Yet Portugal, which has managed to get its coronavirus cases under control, remains absent from the list.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said last month that other countries could not be “ruled out” from being axed from the “air bridge” list.

“We absolutely have to act the moment that we get the information and that’s exactly what happened with Spain, as we saw, and as we’ve seen over the weekend where there’s over 6,100 cases – the highest since the peak in March over there.

“It’s the right thing to do,” he continued, “I can’t therefore rule out other countries having to go into quarantine as well.”

It comes as Switzerland has decided to expand its quarantine-exemption list.

Those on the list include anyone travelling to Switzerland from outside Europe’s passport-free Schengen zone.

The exceptions include Australia, Ireland, Japan, Canada, South Korea and New Zealand.

Source Daily Express :: Travel Feed

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