Fears France on brink of travel red list as country scrambles to contain Beta Covid strain
The Daily Express says: FRANCE could soon be added to the red travel list as concerns grow over the spread of the beta variant in the country, according to reports.
Ministers are looking into the situation across the Channel as cases of the South African variant continue to rise. Officials have been asked to carry out a “deep dive” into the figures regarding the variant’s transmission, The Telegraph says.
People returning to the UK from red list territories are required to quarantine in a Government-approved hotel for 10 days.
Senior Whitehall sources told the Telegraph the potential move was mentioned on Wednesday at a meeting about overseas travel.
Sources familiar with talks told the news outlet the proposal was based on a study by the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC).
The JBC and the Department for Health were told to “interrogate” figures coming out of France.
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