France prepares to enforce quarantine for travelers on coronavirus for 14 days

France prepares to enforce quarantine for travelers on coronavirus for 14 days

Travelers to France will face a mandatory two-week quarantine and probable isolation when they arrives in the country stop the spread of coronavirus, the health minister said on Saturday.

France, the fifth worst-hit country with 24,594 COVID-19 deaths, is planning to slowly lift lockdown steps as of May 11.

Nonetheless, the new quarantine regulations must be included in a declaration outlining steps laid down in a bill extending a state of emergency until 24 July, a step that enables the government to limit travel.

“This quarantine will be imposed on any person returning on French soil,” After the weekly cabinet meeting, health minister Olivier Veran told media.

In a decree to be issued, he said the length and conditions of both quarantine for asymptomatic people and isolation for those with COVID-19 symptoms, the flu-like virus caused by the new coronavirus, will be set out.

Judges should scrutinize decisions to isolate people to ensure they're justified and fair, he said.

It was not clear if the quarantine would only apply to people coming from the open-border Schengen region outside of Europe, whether they would need to isolate themselves at home or in hotels, and how long the measures would be in effect.

Image: French President Emmanuel Macron (2R) flanked by French Health and Solidarity Minister Olivier Veran (2L) and French Director General of Health Jerome Salomon (L) visits the CORRUSS center (operational center for regulation and response to health and social emergencies) focused on the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, in Paris, France March 3, 2020. Bertrand Guay/Pool via REUTERS.