British holidaymakers in France could remain in quarantine for now, despite an increase in coronavirus cases.
A review to be completed today is expected to keep France on the list of countries exempt from the UK’s 14-day isolation rules.
However, the Netherlands and Malta run the risk of being banned from the roll call of safe destinations because they have lower rates.
There is growing speculation about scrapping quarantine waivers as infections proliferate across much of Europe.
Hundreds of thousands of Britons are either on holiday in France or planning to go there, but more than 2,500 cases were recorded yesterday – a record since the lockdown was relaxed.
The country appears to be dangerously close to the benchmark of 20 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in a seven-day period.
But ministers are believed to be ready to hold up the restrictions when changes are announced today, with the situation closely monitored.
MailOnline understands that Malta and the Netherlands, which have a higher prevalence, are more likely to return to the quarantine list – which already includes Spain and Portugal. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland would not have signed the amendments yet.
Travelers are expected to be notified of any changes approximately 30 hours in advance so that they can make new arrangements if necessary.
Hundreds of thousands of Britons are either on holiday in France or planning to go there, but more than 2,500 cases were recorded yesterday – a record since the lockdown was relaxed. In the photo Cergy-Pontoise, northwest of Paris
Pictured: A chart showing the countries from which travelers arriving in the UK are currently exempt from the 14-day coronavirus quarantine, and the number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 people in each country. There is growing speculation that France could be dropped from the list of exempted countries, but there are a number of others with higher or similar figures
The Netherlands (23.1 per 100,000), Gibraltar (35.6), Monaco (38.2), Malta (46.7), San Marino (53.0), the Faroe Islands (198.5), Turks and Caicos Islands (278.9) and Aruba (547.9) all have higher new cases per 100,000 than in France.
Those on the list with a slightly lower rate than France are Denmark (15.3 per 100,000), Iceland (14.7), the Czech Republic (14.0), Switzerland (13.3) and Poland (12.7).
All of the above has now overtaken the Portuguese number of 12.4 new cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days, but despite this, Portugal remains on the list of countries from which all arrivals to the UK, including those returning from holidays. for two in quarantine. weeks.
Downing Street this week reminded potential vacationers that “there is no risk-free way to travel abroad,” while Boris Johnson added that he “would not hesitate” to introduce travel restrictions for other countries.
The latest data on foreign soil coronavirus cases is being analyzed by the government’s Joint Biosecurity Center (JCB), which reports to Secretary of Health Matt Hancock.
Britons in France and other countries could be forced to take a flight home or risk being quarantined on their return to the UK should the government decide to remove more countries from the list.
Despite Portugal having a lower rate of new Covid-19 cases in the past seven days than a number of countries on the government’s exemption list, travelers entering the UK from Portugal must isolate themselves upon their arrival in the UK. Pictured: Beachgoers throng Praia da Duquesa, in Cascais, Portugal. on August 09, 2020 as tourism slowly returns
UK ministers are reportedly planning new measures for a slew of countries amid a surge in coronavirus cases in Europe
The Netherlands is one of the countries exempt from UK quarantine regulations, but saw 23.1 new cases per 100,000 people last week, a higher rate than France.
On Tuesday, the UK updated its ‘green list’ for travel, but failed to remove Portugal from the quarantine list, in one fell swoop for the country’s economy benefiting greatly from UK tourism.
The British government was warned that things in Portugal had not fallen quickly enough to place the country safely on the ‘green list’.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in France increased by 2,524 yesterday in the latest update.
France reported the first significant rise in the number of coronavirus patients in the hospital since the lockdown was lifted on Monday, although it fell again on Tuesday.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex (pictured this week in a hospital in Montpellier) has told his citizens to ‘cooperate’ amid a new wave of coronavirus cases in France
Earlier this week, the Prime Minister of France told his citizens to ‘unite’ in the midst of a fresh wave of coronavirus cases.
Jean Castex said the public was getting careless, sparking the specter of a second lockdown after an increase of more than 10,000 cases in the past week.
“If we don’t act collectively, we are exposing ourselves to the increased risk that recovery from the epidemic will become difficult to control,” said Castex on a visit to an intensive care unit in the South of France.
Some parts of France have tightened their mask rules despite the summer heatwave, with police now having to step up controls on face covers – while neighboring Belgium has today mandated masks in all public areas, including outdoors.