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UK 'will not hesitate' to add more countries to its travel quarantine list-- Says the Chancellor

The UK 'will not hesitate' to add more countries to its travel quarantine list in order to protect public health, the chancellor has said.

It comes amid a surge in cases in France that, arrivals to the UK from Belgium, the Bahamas and Andorra have been told they will need to self-isolate for 14 days. So there will be more chances to widen the quarantine list.

The new rules for Belgium, the Bahamas and Andorra have already come into force in Wales and will take effect in the rest of the UK from 04:00 BST on Saturday.

Belgium has one of the highest coronavirus case rates in Europe at 49.2 per 100,000 people, compared with 14.3 per 100,000 in the UK.

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, France recorded 23.4 cases per 100,000 people in the last two weeks.France's new infections rose by more than 1,600 over 24 hours for the second day running on Thursday, with 1,604 confirmed cases reported.For comparison, Spain's rate was 27.4 per 100,000 around the time it was removed from the UK's travel corridor list of countries exempt from quarantine restrictions.

Rishi Sunak told Sky News "there is always the risk of disruption" to holidays during the coronavirus pandemic.

Quarantines have already been re-imposed for travellers from Spain and Luxembourg.But people arriving in England and Wales from Brunei and Malaysia will no longer need to self-isolate, after a decrease in confirmed new coronavirus cases there.

People who do not self-isolate when required to after being abroad can be fined up to £1,000 in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Those returning to Scotland could be fined £480, with fines up to £5,000 for persistent offenders.

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