France adds Russia to 'red list' of banned countries

AP , Wednesday 23 Jun 2021

Attal also called for enhanced vigilance about the more contagious delta variant, first identified in India

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Medics wearing special suits to protect against coronavirus transfer a patient with coronavirus at the City hospital No. 52 for coronavirus patients in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 17, 2021 AP

France is adding Russia to its "red list'' of countries from which travels are banned unless imperious motives because they are struggling with virus surges and worrisome variants.

French government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said Wednesday that Russia, Namibia and Seychelles are being added to the list of now 21 countries.

The "red list'' notably includes India, South Africa and Brazil and implies that vaccinated travelers arriving in France must justify their trip, show a negative test and self-isolate for a week. Those not vaccinated must go on a quarantine for 10 days, risking a 1000-euro fine, equivalent to $1,194.

Attal also called for enhanced vigilance about the more contagious delta variant, first identified in India.

The delta variant is estimated to represent 9 to 10% overall in France, he said. But authorities are closely monitoring the situation in a region of southwestern France, the Landes, where 70% of confirmed infections are due to the delta variant, he added.

The epidemic situation in France has rapidly improved in recent weeks, with about 2,300 new daily infections reported each day, down from 35,000 in the March-April peak.

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