France said on Saturday it would require people who were not fully vaccinated and arrived from some European countries to show a negative COVID test conducted during the previous 24 hours.
Arrivals from the UK, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece and the Netherlands will be subject to the new rule, which will come into force at midnight from Saturday to Sunday, Prime Minister Jean Castex said in a statement.
So far, people arriving from the UK must show a negative test done in the last 48 hours.
Arrivals from Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Greece have had to show tests carried out within 72 hours.
But Castex said people who are completely vaccinated with a punch recognized by the European Medicines Agency (Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson) will not have to submit a test.
The statement states that the exemption existed because “vaccines are effective against the virus, and in particular its Delta variant.”
France will consider people fully vaccinated a week after receiving the second dose of Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca, instead of 14 days before and 28 days after their Johnson & Johnson jab, Castex said.
Now France will also accept vaccination for Covishield, a copy of the AstraZeneca vaccine developed by the Serum Institute of India, for its health pass.
The government also said Tunisia, Mozambique, Cuba and Indonesia will be added to France’s so-called red list.
Travel from red list countries are only allowed for reasons of pressure, and even vaccinated travelers have to be isolated for seven days.
“Exponential” increase in cases
The new measures come as several European nations are battling the growing number of cases, partly to blame for the highly transmissible delta variant that has been imposed on the continent.
New infections have appeared in recent weeks in France, reaching nearly 11,000 on Friday, even as the government rushes to vaccinate the population.
President Emmanuel Macron said this week that vaccine health permits would be needed for most people. public places and that all health workers should be fully inoculated, causing a rush to book appointments for the jab.
About 35.5 million people, just over half of the French population, have received at least one dose of vaccine so far.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said this week that it expects a sharp rise in coronavirus cases on the continent, with nearly five times more new infections on August 1st.
In an effort to control the growing number, the French region of the Pyrenees Orientales will require bars, restaurants, beach bars and grocery stores to close at 11pm from Saturday to August 2, the prefecture announced on Saturday.
The measure came after cases in the region skyrocketed in a week, going from 41.5 per 100,000 people to 258.8 per 100,000 people.
“This exponential progression is beginning to translate into an equally growing number of hospitalizations,” the prefecture warned in a statement announcing the measures.
On Friday the region had forced masks on all public spaces except beaches and large natural spaces, and banned alcohol consumption. public spaces outside bars and restaurants.
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