The trip to France for many British residents ended abruptly and dearly on Friday. Britain removed France and the Netherlands from the list of travelers from countries not required to remain in quarantine for 14 days after returning to Britain, and the order came into force at fouram local time.
Those seeking to go to Britain ended up paying multiple prices for air, train and ferry tickets to get back before the quarantine was forced. According to British media, ticket prices have multiplied due to huge demand.
France has stated that it will impose its own restrictions in return, but no information is available on their entry into force. The Netherlands, for its part, said it would not quarantine incoming passengers, but it still recommends that travel to Britain be done for no more than necessary reasons.
In France, more than 2,500 infections have been diagnosed in the last three days. No corresponding amounts have been recorded since May.
There is a rush home elsewhere as well
Rising infection rates have led administrations to take action elsewhere as well.
In Denmark, the use of a face mask will be mandatory on public transport from Saturday next week. Currently, authorities recommend using the mask on public transport during peak hours. They are mandatory in six areas where the virus is more prevalent than elsewhere in the country.
Spain has announced that it will close nightclubs and ban smoking on the streets in places where people are unable to keep up safe distances. Nearly 3,000 new infections were reported in the country on Thursday.
With the exception of the Spanish Canary Islands, Germany added to the list of areas where arriving passengers must either show a negative coronavirus test or be quarantined for 14 days.
Austria has appealed to its citizens to return from Croatia before the quarantine law enters into force on Monday. Serbia, for its part, has made testing mandatory for arrivals from four neighboring countries.
Albanians, for their part, have been queuing at the Greek border, hoping to get over it before stricter regulations are introduced. According to police, some people had spent up to three days in a queue of 20 kilometers and thousands of cars.
In the United States, too, the authorities have extended the ban on non-essential travel on the borders between Mexico and Canada well into September.
In South Korea, restrictions were tightened again on Saturday due to an increase in infection rates. In the capital, Seoul, for example, sports competitions are being held again without the public, although the restriction has already been eased once the situation has improved.
Vaccine development underway
To end the restriction cycle, help is desired from the vaccine. Many countries have reported on vaccines under development and contracts for the procurement of vaccines.
The European Commission agreed on Friday to buy a coronavirus vaccine from the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. The Commission has agreed to purchase 300 million doses of the vaccine on behalf of its member states once the vaccine has been shown to be safe and effective against the virus.
Elsewhere, for example, Vietnam has said it is seeking to buy Russia’s Sputnik vaccine. However, Western researchers have marveled at the rapid pace of development of the vaccine and warned that shortcuts may have progressed in development work.
In the United States, the administration has announced that it will distribute any vaccine found to be effective to all Americans free of charge.
Mexico has announced that it and Argentina are looking to get the vaccine in Latin America early next year.