UK ‘considering adding France to travel ban red list’


The move comes amid rising cases of the South African variant of Covid-19 in France which has led to a new four-week lockdown, with new infections spiking as high as 30,000 in a day on Sunday.

A cabinet minister in Boris Johnson’s government was quoted by The Times as saying discussions are under way on adding France to the red list, particularly given the strong prevalence of the new variant.

“If there is another spike in Europe and it’s at rampant levels, we don’t want to bring it back here,” said the minister, who was not named.

Sources also said the UK won’t go “as far as France did in December” when the discovery of a new variant in Britain led the Macron government to ban all arrivals from the UK for 48 hours.



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