Amid growing concerns surrounding a sudden surge in coronavirus cases in France, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given an indication that the future of holidays might not be so bright. Though UK holidaymakers can currently still jet off to the country, this could be set to change if Government officials deem it appropriate.
Holidays could face ruin if the travel advisory change comes abruptly.
A similar fate was dealt to Spain on July 27, when the travel industry was thrown into disarray amid sudden changes, with holidaymakers scrambling to reschedule plans or seek refunds for planned trips.
Though it will mean ruining the travel plans of thousands of Britons, Boris Johnson has said the government will be “ruthless” in their approach.
“We have got to be absolutely ruthless about this, even with our closest and dearest friends and partners,” he said.
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Though there has been no absolute indication as to whether the travel ban will be resumed, a government insider has suggested things don’t look good.
A government insider told The Times: “As we speak now France is probably just shy of crossing the line but it’s certainly right on the cusp.”
Meanwhile, France’s Prime Minister Jean Castex warned that the country’s coronavirus situation is “deteriorating”.
He said: “The epidemiological situation, which we are following very closely, is deteriorating: 2,000 new cases per day compared to 1,000 three weeks ago.
“About 25 new clusters are identified every day compared to five three weeks ago.”
Though the travel industry will undoubtedly be hit by any sudden changes, the UK Prime Minister emphasised that any moves will be absolutely essential for public health.
‘We can’t be remotely complacent about our own situation,” he said.
“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.”
France is not the only nation being called into question by Government officials.
There are also mounting concerns for both The Netherlands and Malta.
In the Netherlands, new figures show around 23.1 cases per 100,000 people – an increase of 55 percent.
Meanwhile in Malta reports show around 46.7 cases per 100,000.
Gibraltar, Monaco, San Marino, the Faroe Islands, Aruba, Turks and Caicos are all experiencing an elevated coronavirus case rate.
The UK currently has 4,620 active cases according to Worldometers.