Brits Scramble Home From Europe as COVID Cases Spike

CBSNEWS – Increases in coronavirus cases in some of Europe’s key holiday destinations have prompted some governments to impose sudden measures, forcing many travelers to upend their plans

The U.K. government imposed a mandatory two-week coronavirus quarantine on anyone coming from France in a last-minute decision, Imtiaz Tyab reports. The isolation measure also applies to the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos, and Aruba, BBC News reported. 

Thousands of British vacationers made a quick dash to get home before the isolation requirement went into effect on Saturday.

“I would have stayed in France longer, but I don’t want to do the two weeks quarantine,” said a British resident at a gas pump in Calais.

In Germany, which is reporting a three-month high of over 1,400 new infections in 24 hours, workers are testing drivers arriving at its borders. A woman returning from vacation in Italy said she wanted to get tested for the safety of fellow citizens and returning to work.

Spain, meanwhile, has reported nearly 4,000 new cases per day for seven straight days, and its government is responding by closing night clubs and banning smoking in public areas. 

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