Some countries with ‘travel corridors’ to the UK have a higher coronavirus infection rate than France
As speculation grows that France could be dropped from the UK’s quarantine-free list this week, analysis shows that fourteen other countries that are also on the list have higher or similar coronavirus rates.
Fears are growing that all fourteen countries – including France – could be added to the quarantine list, leaving the plans of hundreds of thousands of British holidaymakers in chaos.
Analysis of the latest data performed by The Telegraph found that between August 6 and 12, the number of new cases in France rose to 18.1 per 100,000, up from 13.1 in the previous seven days.
The increase will ring alarm bells in Downing Street as the government is considering adding more countries to the list of destinations from which travelers should be quarantined upon arrival in the UK, including returning British nationals.
The paper’s investigation found that a number of other countries that, such as France, have ‘air corridors’ with the UK to allow quarantine-free travel have similar or even higher rates than France.
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
French health authorities reported 1,397 new COVID-19 infections over 24 hours on Tuesday, nearly twice the number of 785 on Monday. Between August 6 and 12, France saw 18.1 new cases of the coronavirus per 100,000 people. In the photo: People walk past the Louvre in Paris, August 12
This list includes 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 a higher rate of new cases per 100,000 than 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), but can also be included in the quarantine conversation when the government reviews policy.
The UK government might argue that Aruba and San Marino are not attracting enough British tourists to demand a status change, but Gibraltar and Malta are both popular destinations for British holidaymakers in the summer.
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 reminded potential vacationers on Monday that “there is no risk-free way to travel abroad,” with Prime Minister Boris Johnson adding that he “would not hesitate” to introduce travel restrictions for other countries.
The latest data on foreign-soil coronavirus cases will be analyzed by the government’s Joint Biosecurity Center (JCB), which met Tuesday, and Downing Street’s decision on the quarantine list will be made public in the coming days.
An estimated 500,000 Britons in France and many more in other countries could be forced to take a flight home or risk being quarantined on their return to the UK, should the government decide more countries from the UK. 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 exempted from UK quarantine regulations, but last week saw 23.1 new cases per 100,000 people – a higher percentage than France – expected to be removed from the exemption list. Pictured: Day trippers walk from the train station on their way to the beach on a sunny day in Zandvoort, The Netherlands, August 8
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’.
Portugal registered 120 new cases Monday, up from 290 last Friday, but in the past 14 days, the cumulative number of cases per 100,000 has risen to 24.6, the first increase in weeks, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in France increased by 1,397 in the last update on Tuesday, from 202,775 to 204,172.
Health officials have reported 10,143 new cases in the past seven days, up from 8,833 in the previous week, making it five consecutive weeks of increase.
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.
About 227 clusters have been identified in France, up from 25 in the past 24 hours, as summer holidays resume and people gradually return to work.
French health officials have reported 10,143 new cases in the past seven days, up from 8,833 in the previous week – making it five consecutive weeks of increase
French Prime Minister Jean Castex (pictured yesterday in a hospital in Montpellier) has told his citizens to ‘cooperate’ amid another wave of coronavirus cases in France
Today, the Prime Minister of France told his citizens to ‘unite’ in the midst of a new 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.
France’s seven-day average now stands at 1,691 new cases per day, up from 542 a month ago and 1,056 at the end of July.
“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.
Italy is considering rapid tests at airports
Italy is planning to conduct rapid coronavirus testing at airports to screen travelers returning from abroad.
The new tests are currently being approved and can also be used at border crossings, sources told ANSA news agency.
Authorities could potentially target travelers returning from high-risk countries, as Germany has done.
The northern region of Emilia-Romagna has already ordered its own tests for people returning from Spain, Greece, Croatia and Malta.
In Italy, the number of coronavirus cases has risen slightly in recent days, with the seven-day average rising to 403 new cases per day – up from 281 at the end of July.
However, the peak so far has been much smaller than the alarming increases in Spain, France and Germany.
While countries including Germany and France have already put in place airport testing, Britain has not – arguing that many cases would still be missed and testing is no substitute for quarantine regulations.