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UK News 'So big, so sudden': Covid-19 surge leaves Spain and France travel uncertain

17:06  22 july  2021
17:06  22 july  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

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A woman travelling and an aeroplane © GETTY A woman travelling and an aeroplane

France declared a fourth wave of the pandemic earlier this week. Government spokesman Gabriel Attal made a rather from sounding prediction, especially for those hoping to travel to or from the country this summer.

"We have entered a fourth wave. The dynamics of the epidemic are extremely strong," he said.

"We see a faster wave, and a sharper rise than all the previous ones...the incidence rate continues to explode."

The French government's spokesman referred to the increasing number of cases as: "A rise so big, so sudden, we haven't seen that since the beginning of the pandemic."

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The country, a popular holiday hotspot for Britons and the home of many British ex-pats, has announced new measures including venues requiring a health pass.

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A woman travelling in an airport © GETTY A woman travelling in an airport

This will prove someone has been vaccinated, has a recent negative test, or has recovered from the virus.

Businesses will be fined up to 45,000 euros for not checking these health passes, starting at 1,500.

It's a blow to those hoping to holiday in the country without such a pass.

Spain, another British expat and holiday hotspot, is facing numerous concerns about travel.

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There have been worries the country would be added to the new "amber plus list" in the coming days.

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As of July 19, those returning from the amber list countries would not have to quarantine.

However, the new amber plus list will see those returning from countries placed on it face quarantine.

Those returning from France will have to self-isolate for 10 days coming back to England or Wales.

a close up of a hand: A vaccination © GETTY A vaccination

Ministers have apparently claimed the same cannot be said for Spain.

Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps is said to have "been angered at being bounced into adding France to the list," according to the Times.

It reports Mr. Shapps has since "won a commitment within Government to ensure that there would be no further additions until August 2".

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Travel insiders are anxious about the unfolding situation.

map: Green list countries Britons can travel to © EXPRESS.CO.UK Green list countries Britons can travel to

Easyjet's CEO Johan Lundgren told CNBC earlier this week: "We always knew that (the recovery) was not going to be a straight line...but we are seeing that restrictions are being unwound.

"But it's absolutely true that when you do open up societies and communities, there is an increase also in infections.

"The question is to make sure the vaccinations are breaking the link between (infection and) severe hospitalization and death, and fortunately it looks to be that way."

He claimed the travel industry is facing an "extraordinarily challenging" situation.

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