France was put on the UK's quarantine list today, dealt a severe blow to tens of thousands of British vacationers.
After a week of speculation ministers responding to a worsening coronavirus situation across the channel, ministers ordered travelers returning from the popular destination to isolate for 14 days.
The quarantine will come in at 4 a.m. on Sunday – and with an estimated 500,000 British vacationers in France, a weekend of chaos is looming.
France recorded 2,669 new cases of coronavirus today, up from 2,524 on Wednesday. It's a record number for the nation since emerging from lockdown.
The move came after Boris Johnson said the UK was "ruthless" when it comes to quarantining travel, even with its "closest and dearest friends".
“We have to be absolutely ruthless, even with our closest and dearest friends and partners. I think everyone understands, "Johnson told reporters as he visited Northern Ireland today.
& # 39; We'll look at the dates a little later this afternoon – right where France and other countries arrive.
“We can't even remotely complain about our own situation. Everyone understands that in a pandemic you will not allow our populations to be infected again or the disease to recur.
"That is why the quarantine measures are very important and we have to apply them very strictly."
In today's regulatory review, the Netherlands and Malta were added to the quarantine list – and Portugal remains on that list along with Spain.
The Turks and Caicos Islands, as well as Aruba in the Caribbean, are also likely to lose their place.
The Prime Minister spoke on a visit to Northern Ireland this afternoon before anticipating which nations to put on the restricted travel list
Pictured: A graph showing the countries from which travelers coming to the UK are currently exempted from the 14-day coronavirus quarantine, as well as the number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents in each country. There is growing speculation that France could be removed from the list of excluded countries, but there are a number of other countries with higher or similar numbers
Speculation about the removal of quarantine exemptions has increased as infections rise across much of Europe.
Hundreds of thousands of Britons are either on vacation or planning to travel to France, but more than 2,500 cases were recorded yesterday – a record since the lockdown was eased.
The country appears dangerously close to the scale of 20 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.
However, ministers are believed to be ready to halt restrictions if changes are announced today, with the situation being closely monitored.
The quarantine list already includes Spain and Portugal. It is believed that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not yet approved the adjustments.
Travelers are expected to be notified of changes approximately 30 hours in advance so they can make new arrangements if necessary.
Hundreds of thousands of Britons are either on vacation or planning to travel to France, but more than 2,500 cases were recorded yesterday – a record since the lockdown was eased. In the picture Cergy-Pontoise, northwest of Paris
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 values than France.
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 this has exceeded the Portuguese rate of 12.4 new cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days. Even so, Portugal remains on the list of countries from which all arrivals to the UK, including those returning from vacation, must be quarantined for two weeks.
Downing Street reminded prospective vacationers this week that "there is no risk-free way to travel overseas," and Boris Johnson added that he "would not hesitate" to introduce travel restrictions to other countries.
The latest data on foreign soil coronavirus cases is being analyzed by the government's Joint Biosecurity Center (JCB), which reports to Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
Brits in France and other countries could be forced to flee home or they could be quarantined on their return to the UK if the government decides to remove more countries from the list.
Although Portugal has had a lower rate of new Covid-19 cases in the past seven days than a number of countries on the government's exception list, travelers entering the UK from Portugal must self-isolate upon arrival in the UK. Pictured: Beach goers crowd at Praia da Duquesa in Cascais, Portugal. on August 9th, 2020 when tourism is slowly returning
UK ministers are believed to be planning new measures for a variety of countries amid an increase in European coronavirus cases
The Netherlands is one of the countries exempted from the UK's quarantine rules but has seen a rate of 23.1 new cases per 100,000 people over the past week – a higher rate than France
On Tuesday, the UK updated its "green list" for travel but did not remove Portugal from the quarantine list, a blow to the country's economy, which has benefited greatly from UK tourism.
The British government was warned that the cases in Portugal had not fallen fast enough to safely put the country on the "green list".
On Monday, France reported the first significant increase in the number of coronavirus patients in the hospital since the lockdown was lifted, although it fell again on Tuesday before rising two days after the rebound.
France's Prime Minister Jean Castex (pictured in a Montpellier hospital this week) has told citizens to "pull themselves together" amid a renewed spike in coronavirus cases in France
Earlier this week, the French prime minister urged citizens to pull themselves together amid a renewed spike in coronavirus cases.
Jean Castex said the public is becoming negligent and has sparked the specter of a second lockdown after rising more than 10,000 cases in the past week.
"If we do not act together, we expose ourselves to the increased risk that the upswing of the epidemic will be difficult to control," said Castex during a visit to an intensive care unit in southern France.
Some parts of France have tightened their mask rules despite the summer heat wave. The police will now step up controls on face coverings – while neighboring Belgium today has mandated masks in all public spaces, including outdoors.
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