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Is France on the quarantine list?

A spike in coronavirus cases in France led people to speculate that France would be taken off the UK’s quarantine list in recent weeks.

France’s COVID-19 infection rate is at about 29 per 100,000, a higher rate than the UK’s 17 per 100,000.

France’s rate is now above the level that the Joint Biosecurity Centre considers “high prevalence”.

Luxembourg, Andorra, The Bahamas and Belgium also saw an influx of coronavirus cases and were subsequently removed from the travel corridor list.But what about France?

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Is France on the quarantine list?

As of Thursday night, France is now on the quarantine list – along with the Netherlands and Malta.

The new restrictions will come into force on the early hours of Sunday morning.

And they mean that anyone landing in the UK from that destination will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

About 400,000 Brits are on holiday in France right now and have been given until 4am on Saturday to return to the UK.

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If the holidaymakers manage to get home before then, they won’t need to self-isolate on return. 

On Tuesday, the French national health agency stated that the circulation of the virus was “progressing and intensifying in mainland France.”

The agency added the infections are seen in people of “all age groups, particularly young adults.”

The Prime Minister Jean Castex has also warned the virus could get out of hand if citizens do not act carefully

He said during a visit to an intensive care ward in southern France on Tuesday: “If we don’t act collectively, we expose ourselves to the heightened risk that the rebound in the epidemic becomes hard to control.”

France isn’t alone in its position, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks & Caicos and Aruba were also taken off the travel corridor list. 

Government officials have said this move was a response to a “significant change in COVID-19 risk.”

Restrictions in these countrries will also be effective from 4am on Saturday.

The infection rates of these countries have risen, for example the Netherlands has a rate of 34 per 100,000, and Malta’s is 61.6 per 100,000.

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Aruba saw a 1,106 percet rise in cases in the past week.

Downing Street has repeatedly commented that “there is no risk-free way of travelling overseas,” and restrictions could be placed on travel at any moment.

Source Daily Express :: Travel Feed

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