UK looking "very closely" at coronavirus surge in France

France’s surge in coronavirus cases is being “analyzed very carefully” by the British government, said Boris Johnson.

His comment came amid speculation that France could be added to the list of UK travel bans.

According to the Daily Telegraph, this measure will be discussed at a meeting of the “Covid O” committee on Tuesday.

As of April 6, freight forwarders from outside the UK and Ireland visiting England for more than two days must take a Covid-19 test within 48 hours of their arrival and every 72 hours thereafter.

However, the government could go further by putting France on the UK’s red list, PA news agency said.

It was found that there were around 4,872 patients in intensive care in France, almost the highest level during the previous coronavirus surge in November.

Red List status would mean direct flights, crossings and trains from France to the UK could be banned and non-UK or Irish residents or UK residents would be banned from entering the UK if they were in the last 10 days in France.

Eligible arrivals must be in a quarantine hotel for 10 days and cost £ 1,750 per person.

The Prime Minister insisted that Britain had one of the toughest border regimes in the world when asked why France was not on the Red List.

Speaking to a briefing on Downing Street, he said: “We have one of the toughest regimes in the world … many European countries don’t even have hotel quarantine like we have in the UK.

“There are already 35 countries on the Red List. We are looking very carefully at what is going on in France. We are constantly checking it.”

He added that the flow of medicine and food across the English Channel meant that “we need to make sure we handle the disruption” if more stringent measures were imposed.

Countries currently on the red list include all of South America and southern Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.


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