Britain puts US travelers on quarantine 'red list'
Scottish First Minister Nikola Sturgeon referred to the high number of US positive coronavirus cases for the decision.
Iran Press/ Europe: American citizens have landed on a British “red list” for travelers and will be required to quarantine 14 days after entering the country due to the spike in coronavirus cases stateside.
Britain’s transport minister, Grant Shapps, confirmed on Friday that the nation will scrap its quarantine requirement for inbound travelers arriving from 50 ‘low-risk’ countries, according to the BBC.
The system separates countries into three categories: “green” countries, such as New Zealand, who have “very low” levels of coronavirus and will have restrictions for U.K. travelers; “amber” countries, including most of Europe, who will have “reciprocal arrangements” in place requiring no quarantine either arriving for departing; and “red” countries, which will need to observe a 14-day quarantine upon arrival in the U.K.
The United States is on the red list.
“The US from a very early stage banned flights from the U.K. and from Europe so there isn’t a reciprocal arrangement in place,” Shapps told the BBC. "They have got very high numbers of infections, which is why they are not on the list today.”
Britain follows the European Union's example, which earlier this week confirmed that America would not be on the "safe list" of countries that would allow for nonessential travel to the continent.
The United States has recently seen a sharp rise in new cases, hitting a national and global high when it confirmed over 55,000 new cases over 24 hours on July 2. Around half of those cases come from just four states: Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas, with Florida recording just over 10,000 new cases in that same period.