Thousands of British holidaymakers have made a last-minute dash to get home before a 14-day quarantine requirement came into force for people arriving from France. The isolation measure also applies to the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, Turks and Caicos, and Aruba, amid concerns about a rising numbers of Covid cases.Eurotunnel trains sold out and air fares were up to six times more than normal, but ferries increased capacity.France warned of “reciprocal measures”.The Netherlands advised against all but essential travel to the UK once the restrictions came into force on Saturday, but said it would not introduce reciprocal measures.The countries were targeted for quarantine restrictions because their infections rates exceeded 20 cases per 100,000 people over seven days, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.There were reported to be about 160,000 British holidaymakers in France when the changes were announced, and the deadline left many travellers in a frantic rush for plane, train or ferry tickets costing hundreds of pounds.Kim Wells and his family were on one of the last ferries to arrive in the UK before the quarantine measures began – getting in to Newhaven from Dieppe in northern France with eight minutes to spare.He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he had a “pretty fraught 40 minutes” online after hearing of the restrictions through a BBC News alert.”I ended up booking a ferry on a pretty unfashionable route… it was impossible to get back on Eurotunnel, which was the way we went to France originally,” he said.Mr Wells is a teacher and his wife is a local government worker. They felt they should cut their holiday short to avoid having to quarantine as they are key workers.
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Media captionBritish holidaymaker at Calais: “We cancelled our holiday to come home”Mr Wells said he was frustrated by the short notice the government had given for the rule change, adding: “I completely understand the decision, but I think 30 hours’ notice and announcing it at 11 o’clock in the evening French time… was pretty unrealistic. “I don’t really understand why they can’t be a little bit more clear with the public about what the tipping point is, when we might perhaps be approaching the need to quarantine. Why not 48 or even 72 [hours] just to allow those who need to or want to get home, get home without rushing dangerously.”
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Media captionBBC journalist made a video diary as her family had to cut short their holidayKate Mooney and her family arrived back at their home in Cornwall at about 01:00 BST after ending their holiday to France a week early.”Our immediate response was ‘let’s just stay and finish our holiday’, and then we started to really consider what quarantine meant,” she told BBC Breakfast. “There would be no way we could leave the house… that’s when we decided we would come back.”
Kate Mooney and her family cut their holiday short by a week
Tom Duffell, who runs a small business and ended his family holiday in Nice four days early, told the BBC that social distancing had “gone out of the window” in the scramble for transport, with “huge queues” at the airport.Eurotunnel, which increased its capacity, said 12,000 people had tried to book tickets for its Channel Tunnel trains in the hour after the new rules were announced – at about 22:00 BST on Thursday – compared with just hundreds normally.It carried more than 30,000 passengers in the run-up to the deadline. Additional staff were sent to the terminals to allow 11,600 vehicles to quickly load its shuttles throughout Friday.P&O Ferries and DFDS Ferries also added an extra four departures.
Musicians from Dunedin Consort hired a fishing boat to return to the UK
Meanwhile, a group of musicians from Scotland found a creative way to beat the deadline with just 10 minutes to spare – by chartering a fishing boat to get them back to the UK.After a five-hour Channel crossing, eight members of the Scotland-based Dunedin Consort arrived at Hayling Island in Hampshire at 03:50.They made the last-minute dash after a performance in Lessay Abbey, Normandy, on Friday night.
Some were unable to get back home in time. One passenger arriving at Gatwick soon after the deadline had passed told BBC Radio 4: “It’s ridiculous. They’re leaving us high and dry. We tried to change our flights… impossible.”Me and the kids have been to Cornwall and the Lake District this summer and I don’t think that felt any more at risk than where we’ve been – in a fairly rural part of France.”Another said: “It’s a shame to have missed it by such a narrow margin but that’s life really, so we’ve just got to get on with it.”
Cross-channel swimmer left in limbo
Chloe McCardel pictured on an earlier endurance swim
One woman is wondering whether her unusual journey from France to Britain later today will fall foul of the travel rules.Australian Chloe McCardel, 35, is aiming to complete her 35th endurance swim across the Channel. If she’s successful, she will beat the current men’s record for the most Channel crossings, held by British athlete Kevin Murphy.She is due to leave Dover at 20:00 BST and aims to make the 21-mile crossing to Calais in about 10 hours, before heading back to her support boat for the return journey.Since she will only stand on French soil for a matter of minutes, McCardel hopes it won’t be necessary to spend 14 days in self-isolation on her return.”We don’t go anywhere near the border officials or passport control, so I’m hoping technically the quarantine thing won’t apply,” she said.”I’ve got a little celebration planned in England with the support crew, the team, the volunteers who have been so supportive throughout this. So I am hoping the government allow us to do that without having to quarantine.”
Gloria Guevara, president of the World Travel and Tourism Council, said the UK was lagging behind other countries that had “shunned quarantines” in favour of “comprehensive” testing programmes for everyone departing and arriving back into their respective countries.Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said that while Labour supported “evidence-based measures” at the border, it was “vital” that No 10 had a “joined-up strategy” and “urgently” put in place a specific deal to support the heavily impacted travel sector.He added: “That the government has still not put in place an effective track, trace and isolate system has made matters far worse and made it more likely that we are reliant on the blunt tool of 14-day quarantine.”
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Media captionHow do I quarantine after returning from a holiday abroad?The Foreign Office is now warning against all but essential travel to France. According to data company Statista, Britons paid 10.35 million visits to France last year, putting it second behind Spain – with 18.12 million – in terms of popularity.A list of more than 50 so-called travel corridors – allowing movement between the UK and other countries without the need to self-isolate on return – was published at the start of last month and later expanded. But quarantine measures were later re-imposed on several countries, including Spain on 25 July.On Friday, France reported 2,846 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours – the highest number since lockdown restrictions were eased. The seven-day average increased to 2,041, marking the first time it has surpassed 2,000 since 20 April, a 66% week-on-week rise.For the Netherlands, it was up 52%. And the increase for Malta was 105%, while it was 273% for Turks and Caicos and 1,106% for Aruba.
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Honoring Her Honor. Tributes poured in from stars after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, September 18, at age 87. The Supreme Court confirmed that the judge died at her home in Washington after complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas. “Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice…
Honoring Her Honor. Tributes poured in from stars after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, September 18, at age 87.
The Supreme Court confirmed that the judge died at her home in Washington after complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.
“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
Ginsburg was hospitalized for a potential infection in July. “She underwent an endoscopic procedure at Johns Hopkins this afternoon to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August,” spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg told CNN in a statement at the time.
The Brooklyn native previously suffered from acute cholecystitis, a benign gallbladder condition which she received treatment for in May. She was hospitalized in November 2018 after fracturing three ribs in a fall. She underwent surgery to remove two cancerous nodules the following month.
Ginsburg fought cancer four times, most recently in August 2019. She announced in January that she was cancer-free.
The judge became an icon for women’s rights as she served on the Supreme Court, to which she was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993. She was only the second female justice after Sandra Day O’Connor. Before serving on the country’s highest court, she studied at Cornell, graduated from Columbia Law School and became the first female tenured professor at Columbia.
Ginsburg made her mark on pop culture in recent years. Not only did Kate McKinnon spoof her on Saturday Night Live, but she was also the subject of the 2018 documentary RBG and the 2018 biopic On the Basis of Sex. Felicity Jones portrayed her in the movie and confessed she was “insanely nervous” to meet her.
“I felt like I wanted to curtsy,” the actress, 36, exclusively told Us Weekly in January 2019. “Ruth was incredibly welcoming. We went to her office first and it felt like a very warm environment — covered in photographs of friends and family and all sorts of mementos that had been sent to her by her fans.”
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Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet tests positive for COVID-19 | CBC News
Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet has tested positive for COVID-19. A notice from the party said Blanchet is doing “perfectly well” but will follow Quebec public health instructions and remain in isolation at his residence in Shawinigan until September 26.Blanchet went into isolation alongside his wife, Nancy Déziel, after she tested positive for COVID-19. Many of his caucus members and staffers are also…
Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet has tested positive for COVID-19. A notice from the party said Blanchet is doing “perfectly well” but will follow Quebec public health instructions and remain in isolation at his residence in Shawinigan until September 26.Blanchet went into isolation alongside his wife, Nancy Déziel, after she tested positive for COVID-19. Many of his caucus members and staffers are also in self-isolation as a precaution after a staff member contracted COVID-19. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and his family have been tested for COVID-19 after one of his staff members received a positive diagnosis. A member of the Parliamentary Protective Service (PPS) also tested positive on Sept. 10. The developments come as MPs are set to return to Ottawa for the resumption of Parliament. The session is set to begin Wednesday with a speech from the throne. There is ongoing debate over how the House of Commons can ensure public health guidelines are followed. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Health Minister Patty Hajdu have called for virtual voting to allow participation from all MPs who are not present in the Chamber. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said it’s important to communicate clearly to MPs what’s expected of them in the Commons chamber. “I don’t know how the voting works, quite frankly, but obviously reducing the amount of interactions and maintaining physical distance continues to be a recommended public health measure. I think the key is to make sure there are plans and people understand what to do if they are physically in the same spot,” said Tam also said MPs should have the option of working remotely “where appropriate” and should continue to follow physical distancing, mask and hygiene protocols. Ottawa in second wave of COVID-19 infections Today, Ottawa’s medical officer of health said the city is experiencing its second wave of COVID-19 infections. Dr. Vera Etches said the city’s rolling five-day average of the number of people diagnosed daily is now almost 55, surpassing the previous high set in late April. “It’s the speed of the increase that concerns us. We can’t sustain a rapid rise in cases,” she said. Etches said the numbers show residents got a bit too “relaxed” in August but she is confident the city can bring the numbers back down again.