France to establish 14-day coronavirus quarantine for travelers

PARIS: Travelers to France , including French citizens returning home, will face a two-week obligation and possible when they arrive in the country to help curb the spread, the health minister said Saturday.

France , which has been the fifth-hardest hit country with 24,594 deaths from Covid-19, is preparing to gradually lift lockdown measures from May 11.

However, the new quarantine rules will be included in a decree specifying the measures established in a bill that extends a state of emergency until July 24, a measure that allows the government to restrict freedom of movement.

This quarantine will be imposed on anyone who returns to French territory, Health Minister Olivier Veran said at a press conference after the weekly cabinet meeting.

He said the duration and quarantine conditions for asymptomatic people and isolation for those showing symptoms of Covid-19, the flu-like illness caused by the new coronavirus, would be defined in a decree to be published.

Decisions to isolate people would be reviewed by judges to ensure they are justified and fair, he added.

It was not immediately clear whether the quarantine would only apply to people arriving from outside the Schengen area of ‚Äč‚ÄčEurope's open border, whether they would have to isolate themselves at home or in hotels, and for how long the measures would be in place. in force.