An opinion from the Scientific Council in mid-July called for stricter measures to deal with arrivals from abroad


Félix Eboué Airport in Cayenne, Guyana, July 11, 2020. – jody amiet / AFP

Since August 1, France has stepped up its Covid-19 screening system at its airports: mandatory tests for certain travelers, formalities to be completed and quarantine recommended. Measures not strict enough for the taste of the Scientific Council, which on July 10 gave a somewhat different opinion on the subject, reveals The Parisian.

In this document, published only on August 3 on the site of the ministry, the scientists recommend a mandatory PCR test before the flight for the travelers coming from the countries classified “red”. These people “isolate themselves before boarding, present their negative RT-PCR result on arrival, and continue this isolation on arrival in France”. Total duration of isolation: 14 days, even in the event of a negative result. “This measure is the simplest in organizational terms,” writes the Scientific Council.

Self-isolation strongly recommended

Recommendations that were not followed by the government. Prime Minister Jean Castex, who had yet had this report since July 10, announced last week a generalization of tests on arrival, for travelers coming from 16 countries “where viral circulation is particularly strong”, including United States, Brazil and Algeria. But no compulsory isolation period.

Travelers “should only leave their address in France, an email, a telephone number and limit their contacts while awaiting results, within 36 hours,” recalls The Parisian. The daily questioned the Ministry of Health on the subject, which claims to see no difference: “For people arriving from countries at risk, the voluntary fortnight remains the rule. “



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