Travellers from nations the place the an infection charge is deemed to be excessive will likely be topic to obligatory testing on arrival at French airports and sea ports, Castex advised reporters throughout a go to to Charles-de-Gaulle worldwide airport, north of Paris.
The checks will apply to “French residents who reside in these nations or residents of those nations with a longtime residence in France” who would be the solely ones allowed to enter, the prime minister added.
France doesn’t permit basic journey to and from these nations, which embrace america and Brazil.
Travellers who take a look at constructive will likely be required to spend 14 days in isolation to forestall the unfold of the virus.
Castex mentioned among the high-risk nations already require airline passengers to point out a damaging virus take a look at earlier than boarding. It was not clear if they’d be re-tested upon arrival in France.
He additionally didn’t specify if folks must wait for his or her take a look at outcomes earlier than being allowed to depart the airport.
Together with america and Brazil, that are reporting tens of hundreds of recent instances every day, the nations embrace Algeria, Bahrain, Israel, India, South Africa, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Turkey and Madagascar.
Morocco, which has reported rising instances in latest weeks, shouldn’t be on the listing for now however might be added later, an official within the prime minister’s workplace mentioned.
Coronavirus checks will likely be rolled out throughout France by August 1, and also will be carried out at French ports, Castex mentioned.
The brand new measures come amid indicators that the speed of an infection is accelerating once more in France greater than two months into the nation’s gradual exit from lockdown.
On Friday, the well being ministry mentioned the variety of confirmed instances had risen by 1,130 over 24 hours. It was the second consecutive day that new instances exceeded 1,000.
The ministry, in a press release, mentioned the figures confirmed the necessity for folks to not decrease their guard whereas the virus continues to flow into.
“We’ve cancelled out a lot of the progress completed throughout the primary weeks of exit from lockdown,” the ministry mentioned, citing experiences that some individuals who take a look at constructive for the virus fail to self-isolate.
Catalonia journey warning
French authorities are additionally involved a few spike in infections in neighbouring Catalonia, with Castex on Friday warning French residents to not journey to the Spanish area.
“Regarding the scenario in Catatonia, which is displaying worsened indicators for an infection, we strongly encourage French residents to keep away from going there till the well being scenario improves,” Castex mentioned.
Regional authorities throughout Spain launched contemporary coronavirus restrictions on Thursday aimed toward stamping out a surge in infections. France had mentioned final weekend it had not dominated out closing the border between the 2 nations.
In Catalonia, almost eight,000 instances have been identified within the 14 days as much as Thursday – virtually half of the 16,410 detected all through the nation – regardless of pointers for residents of regional capital Barcelona to remain at house.
Castex additionally mentioned Paris was in discussions with the federal government in Madrid to restrict flows of visitors from Spain into France as a lot as potential./France 24