Angela Merkel has said that UK travelers should be quarantined wherever they arrive in the EU, as the union’s disease control agency predicted that the Delta variant of Covid will account for 90% of cases in the EU. member states at the end of August.
Ahead of Thursday’s summit with other EU leaders, the German chancellor said she wanted better coordination to combat the spread of the highly communicable variant that has emerged strongly in the UK and is now settling in the bloc.
“In our country, if you come from Britain, you have to go into quarantine, and that is not the case in all European countries, and that is what I would like to see,” Merkel told the lower house of the Bundestag parliament.
Merkel has criticized Portugal in recent days, where British tourists are allowed in without quarantine. The French government also allows doubly vaccinated UK travelers to enter the country without isolation.
Merkel’s call for a uniform policy for UK travelers came when Dr Andrea Ammon, director of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), said the Delta variant is likely to spread widely. among young people this summer, and warned people with a single hit that they were at risk.