France has recorded 10,800 new coronavirus cases in the last week, and is on the “cusp” of being placed on the British governments quarantine list.
The Times newspaper has reported that Cabinet Minister Michael Gove is to chair a meeting on the amendments for their “red list.”
Downing Street will debate adding France to the mandatory 14-day quarantine list along with other high-risk countries. It is likely a decision could be made next week.
A Whitehall source told the newspaper, “As we speak now France is probably just shy of crossing the line but it’s certainly right on the cusp.
“It’s such a huge call it’s likely that they might want to wait a few more days and get some more data.”
During a press briefing on Tuesday, French Prime Minister Jean Castex said that they are recording around 2,000 new cases daily, compared to 1,000 three weeks ago.
Castex added, “About 25 new clusters are identified every day compared to five three weeks ago.”
According to European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), France is averaging 29.4 cases per population over 14-days, and the UK has just 17.1.