Paris is considering reciprocal measures after the Government imposed a 14-day quarantine on all arrivals from France. European affairs minister Clement Beaune insisted the border could not be shut in a single direction. He said: “We will have a measure called reciprocity so that our British friends do not close the border in one single way.
“For travellers returning from the United Kingdom, there will probably be restrictive measures decided in the next few days by the Prime Minister and by the Defence Council.”
Travellers returning from France after August 15 must enter into a 14-day period of self-isolation due to the high COVID-19 infection rates across the country.
And people hoping to travel from the UK to France are required to self-certify they are not suffering from coronavirus symptoms or have been in contact with a confirmed case within 14 days preceding travel.
France on Monday confirmed a spike of 4,897 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours.
It was the highest single-day figure since the start of the outbreak.
According to its health ministry, the death toll in France stands at 30,513 with 242,899 overall cases.
Health minister Olivier Veran said authorities have the capacity to test 700,000 people every day.
He said: “We have just exceeded our objective of 700,000 tests carried out each week, precisely 725,000.
“France is now doing more tests than Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands. We can do a million tests if we need to.”
But the minister refused to brand the sudden rise in cases as a second wave of the virus.
“No, it’s not the same as February,” he said.
“This is not a resumption of the epidemic because it has never stopped.
“It was only checked during the confinement. The risk is that after you gently remove the lid from the pot, the water will boil again.”
Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, Andorra, the Netherlands, Malta, Croatia, Austria, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas are all on the UK Government’s “red list”.
Fears are growing that Greece could soon be dropped from the list of the UK’s quarantine-exempt countries.
A recent spate of new cases has seen the country’s number of cases per 100,000 residents over a one-week period more than double to 14.1.
Despite falling under the UK’s threshold of 20, it has seen a two-week increase from just 6.1.
The Czech Republic, Switzerland and Iceland are also witnessing their infection numbers creep up.
The Faroe Islands, Gibraltar and Liechtenstein have already crossed the Government’s threshold so could be considered for potential quarantine measures when the UK’s list is reviewed on Thursday.