The United Kingdom will impose a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France on Saturday because COVID-19 infection rates there are too high, Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Thursday.
French President Emmanuel Macron called for urgent support for Lebanon where he arrived on Thursday, two days after a devastating blast ripped through Beirut, killing 145 people and generating a seismic shock that was felt across the region.
France’s daily COVID-19 infections reached the highest in more than two months on Wednesday, at 1 695, and the seven-day moving average stood above the 1 300 threshold for the first time since the end of April, when the country was still in lockdown.
France has reported 3 376 new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the last three days, the country’s Health Department said on Monday, while the number of people being treated in ICUs for the disease is creeping higher.
The number of new coronavirus infections in France rose by 1 392 on Wednesday, the highest daily tally in a month and a figure likely to fuel fears of a second wave of the disease despite officials downplaying such a scenario.