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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson says government will be ‘ruthless’ over whether to add France to quarantine list
The prime minister said officials will be looking at the latest data amid concern about the rising number of cases in the country.

Boris Johnson has said his government will be “absolutely ruthless” in deciding whether travellers from France must quarantine for 14 days on arrival in the UK.

The prime minister said officials would be looking at the latest data later on Thursday amid mounting concern about the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country.

The prospect France could be removed from the list of countries exempt from the quarantine requirements will cause dismay to thousands of British holidaymakers currently in the country.

It will also come as a bitter blow to the hard-pressed French tourism industry which relies heavily on visitors from the UK.

Mr Johnson however insisted that it was essential to prevent more coronavirus cases being brought into Britain from abroad.

“We will be looking at the data a bit later on this afternoon, looking exactly where France and other countries are getting to.

“We can’t be remotely complacent about our own situation.

“Everybody understands that in a pandemic you don’t allow our population to be reinfected or the disease to come back in.

“That is why the quarantine measures are very important and we have to apply them in a very strict way.”

Mr Johnson, right, also met his Irish counterpart Micheal Martin

Britain has imposed a 14-day quarantine period for arrivals from countries including Spain and Belgium, responding to rising infections and fears of a second wave of the virus, having initially declared them safe for travel.

The French health ministry reported 2,524 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday – the highest since its lockdown restrictions were first imposed.

This prompted speculation it could be the next European country added to Britain’s list – a move that would affect the large number of UK tourists travelling there during school holidays.

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