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Tory Grandees slam the government's "unfair" ambiguity over quarantine in France


High-ranking Conservative MPs have beaten the government for its “unfair” lack of clarity about quarantine plans amid fears that France could be put on the list if infections rise.

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Tben MPs, and former party chairman Sir Iain Duncan Smith have called for an "adequate air travel test regime" to be put in place and regional air corridors to be considered as soon as possible.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak warned vacationers of the risk of traveling abroad during the coronavirus crisis, as France may be the next nation to be placed on the quarantine list.

He said on Friday that ministers will "not hesitate" to isolate travelers from countries with high Covid-19 rates for 14 days as Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas have lost their exemption status.

Travelers returning to the UK from these three countries as of Saturday must be quarantined and there are fears that those returning from France could be next as cases there increase.

France recorded over 2,200 confirmed coronavirus infections yesterday, a new daily record since the lockdown was lifted in June.

A woman walks near the beach in Saint Jean de Luz in southwest France wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus

Chancellor Rishi Sunak warned vacationers of the risk of traveling abroad during the coronavirus crisis

Chancellor Rishi Sunak warned vacationers of the risk of traveling abroad during the coronavirus crisis

Sir Graham told The Telegraph it was "grossly unfair" to keep the public in the dark on this matter.

“We should move to an adequate air travel test regime as soon as possible, but in the meantime it is important that the government be as transparent as possible about the criteria used to judge which countries need quarantine and which do not.

"Leaving the traveling public in the dark is grossly unfair and causes further damage to the vacation and leisure sectors," he said.

Sir Iain added that vacationers need more information and that it is clearer so that they can make more informed decisions about whether to go abroad.

He also urged the government to reconsider regional travel corridors and testing to replace the "blunt" approach of quarantine.

"People are currently traveling to countries and have no idea whether they will reintroduce quarantine or not," he told the newspaper.

"My only question is whether the government can't look into regional quarantine so people can travel to low risk areas like Mallorca but not Barcelona."

The comments come as Eurostar said it saw an increase in passengers on its trains from Brussels to London on Friday, exceeding the deadline.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak warned vacationers of the risk of traveling abroad during the coronavirus crisis

Chancellor Rishi Sunak warned vacationers of the risk of traveling abroad during the coronavirus crisis

Sir Graham Brady

Iain Duncan-Smith

Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Tory MPs, and former party chairman Sir Iain Duncan Smith, have called for "an adequate test regime for air travelers."

France's coronavirus rate has risen steadily over the past month to 13.2 new infections per 100,000 people

France's coronavirus rate has risen steadily over the past month to 13.2 new infections per 100,000 people

Mr. Sunak told Sky News, “It's a difficult situation. What I can tell people is that we are in the middle of a global pandemic. That means there is always a risk of disruption to travel plans and people need to take this into account.

The British could vacation in Portugal until the end of the summer – but a million could be affected by the quarantine in France

British tourists could enjoy a quarantine-free break to Portugal until the end of the summer. The ministers are happy that the cases are at a safe level.

However, the removal of the quarantine could be delayed by two weeks due to an increase in virus cases in Europe.

A source in Whitehall told the Sun, "Portugal has made great strides, but the process of clearing the quarantine is far more gradual as we monitor progress in weeks rather than days."

However, it will likely take a lot longer for Spain to be classified as safe.

And France could soon be quarantined too.

France's coronavirus rate has risen steadily to 13.2 new infections per 100,000 people over the past month, suggesting the spread is worse than the UK's at a rate of 8.4.

“It is the right thing for us to constantly review everything in conversation with our scientists, our medical advisors, and of course if we have to take action, as you saw overnight, we will of course not hesitate to do so and We will to protect people's health. & # 39;

France's coronavirus rate has risen steadily to 13.2 new infections per 100,000 people over the past month, suggesting the spread is worse than the UK's at a rate of 8.4.

However, France still appears to be doing better than Belgium, whose rate has risen to 27.8. It also has a lower rate than the Spanish when it was added to the restriction list at 27.4.

On Thursday, Transport Minister Grant Shapps said rising Covid-19 infection rates in Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas mean they will be placed on the quarantine list.

The measures will go into effect in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland from 4 a.m. on Saturday, after being introduced in Wales from Friday.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office also updated its travel advisories to warn against all but essential travel to the three countries.

The Ministry of Transport made it clear that people traveling from Germany or the Netherlands to the UK via Belgium must self-isolate for 14 days, unless in Belgium all passengers stay in their car and no one comes to them.

Anyone traveling on a train in which passengers get on or off in Belgium must also be quarantined.

This means that Eurostar passengers traveling from Amsterdam to London will have to self-isolate as the trip involves changing trains in Brussels.

Elsewhere, Brunei and Malaysia were added to the government's travel corridor list after the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus decreased, eliminating the need to quarantine arrivals from those countries.

In Andorra, the number of new cases per week has quintupled since mid-July, while in the Bahamas the weekly case rate was 78.6 last week, down from 3.1 in the middle of last month.

The vacationers pleaded for ministers to take a decision on quarantine in France after the country confirmed 2,288 new cases and 12 deaths today.

Lockdown-weary sun-seekers taking a summer break in France have asked for clarification after claims the country will be "most likely" to be placed on the 14-day quarantine list after a dramatic surge in infections.

Some said a possible quarantine would run the risk of children not going to school in September.

Others said they "prayed" that the Foreign Office's travel advice would not change and that the country's border would remain in place for British travelers.

Jane Stone said her family of six, including two grandparents, daughter and three grandchildren, booked to go to a holiday park in France, as it does every August.

Her August 21 vacation was booked last October, long before the coronavirus was mentioned.

Jane Stone said her family of six, including two grandparents, daughter and three grandchildren, booked to go to a holiday park in France, as it does every August. Pictured: Jane Stone sent this picture to her family

Jane Stone said her family of six, including two grandparents, daughter and three grandchildren, booked to go to a holiday park in France, as it does every August. Pictured: Jane Stone sent this picture to her family

Mum of two Becca Pountney said she was "ready to take a break and now it is becoming increasingly unlikely that we will make it".

Mum of two Becca Pountney said she was "ready to take a break and now it is becoming increasingly unlikely that we will make it".

Ms. Stone told MailOnline today, “We cannot cancel without losing our money and we have to wait for a government decision.

"Our son is already in the Dordogne and, as far as I know, has not noticed the current situation."

Bedfordshire-based Engage Weddings, Becca Pountney, mom of two, said her parents had an apartment in the south of France and she should be heading to the country for the end of the summer break.

She decided to go there because it was much cheaper for her than vacationing in the UK, "where the prices are high and there are so many people".

Ms. Pountney added, “I own my own business as a wedding blogger and advisor to the wedding industry. That's why I've spent the last four months helping couples and business owners whose entire fiscal year has been ruined or whose wedding days have been canceled.

“I'm ready for a break right now and now it's getting less and less likely that we will make it. I have two children who haven't been to school since March and I don't want the quarantine to affect their return to school.

"I understand taking a vacation in a pandemic is risky – but we just need the government to make a decision soon so we can figure out what happens next."

Matt Richards wrote on Twitter today: “Yes, a possible quarantine for me and my wife is not the end of the world. But 14 days of quarantine would mean that my kids would miss the first week of school and haven't been there since March. & # 39;

Parents expressed concern about the consequences of absence for children

Schools are of great concern to those hoping for vacation

Families are asking for clarity on the rules before thousands of them go on vacation and risking children out of school in September

On a visit to Glasgow today, Rishi Sunak strongly warned the British fearing France could be the next vacation destination to face coronavirus curbs. Pictured: The Chancellor is leaving in a private jet after visiting Scotland

On a visit to Glasgow today, Rishi Sunak strongly warned the British fearing France could be the next vacation destination to face coronavirus curbs. Pictured: The Chancellor is leaving in a private jet after visiting Scotland

In France, cases of coronavirus measures per million people have recently been higher than in the UK

In France, cases of coronavirus measures per million people have recently been higher than in the UK

Rachel Arnold from Cheshire said: “We want to go to France next week, Charente, Low Covid. Living in a remote house, no one else there. Now remember not to pose as a "threat" to quarantine. Ironically, I can't afford to take a ten day vacation here. & # 39;

And Sarah Eaves, from north London, tweeted: “Please make a decision about France in the next 24 hours before thousands of us go on vacation with families and risk children out of school. Quarantine means we can cancel and get ££ back. & # 39;

Another concerned vacationer, Emma Lewis, tweeted, “We're going to be driving through France to get to Italy in early September. Prayer at the French border remains open and the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) council for France does not change. & # 39;

But Michael Porter, of Halifax, West Yorkshire, said he canceled a trip Tuesday to go to France that Saturday for his wife's 60th birthday.

And Twitter user Jamie from London said, “As the father of the bride, I have a wedding in France on the 17th, so I'll be leaving but have to work on my return or go bankrupt. So pay the fine or rent a pedal boat. & # 39;

Meanwhile, Matt Groombridge of Deal, Kent said, "The two-week quarantine is about to travel to / from France … the vacation was well timed and that means I'll get some rest on the ferry."

The number of daily coronavirus cases in the country has increased in the past few days. 1,695 new infections were registered just yesterday to avoid a second wave of Covid-19. The seven-day moving average of confirmed cases doubled from under 10 per million residents on July 21 to 19.33 yesterday. In contrast, there are around 12 cases per million people in the UK.

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