The UK government has decided to impose a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France and other countries from tomorrow Saturday, because the coronavirus reproduction rate in this country is very high, Transport Minister Grand Saps announced.
The Conservative government under Boris Johnson, concerned about the risk of a so-called second wave of the pandemic, has also added the Netherlands, Malta, Monaco, the Turks and Caicos Islands and Aruba to the list of countries returning travelers. of which will be quarantined. Spain and Belgium had already been added to the list recently.
“The data show that these countries should be removed from the list of countries where travel is considered safe in order to ‘keep the pollution rate low,'” Saps said on Twitter, typing the word ‘low’ in capital letters for emphasis. . “If you arrive in the UK from these destinations after 04:00 on Saturday, you will have to isolate yourself for 14 days,” the minister added via his account on the social networking site (@grantshapps).
The first country to react to this announcement by the British Minister of Transport was France. Paris regretted the British government’s decision and said it would implement a “reciprocal measure” of the move, through Undersecretary of State for European Affairs Clement Boone, who also took to Twitter.
“This is a British decision that we regret and will lead to retaliation, in the hope that normalcy will be restored as soon as possible,” he added (@cbeaune).
In France, more than 2,500 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection were recorded yesterday Thursday, a level the country had reached since mid-April, while still under restraint.
The re-imposition of quarantine affects many of the destinations preferred by the British for tourism in the middle of summer, while the tourism sector is struggling to survive.
Conservative Prime Minister and leader Boris Johnson has said his government will be relentless in imposing new restrictive measures to prevent new outbreaks.
This approach is in stark contrast to that adopted by his government earlier this year, when he was criticized for reacting too slowly at a time when many cases of infected people are believed to be linked to travel abroad, especially to Italy.
The quarantine policy only came into force in June.
For British tourists, France is the second most popular destination in Europe, after Spain. France is also considered the second largest market for holidaymakers by the UK in the world, behind only the US.
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