British tourists make a mad dash to return to the UK amid spike in coronavirus cases in France
Hundreds of thousands of British tourists scrambled to return home after the British government imposed a surprise quarantine deadline amid a spike of coronavirus cases in France.
The British government made the decision Thursday after France reported 2,846 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours. It gave British tourists in the country until 4 a.m. Saturday to leave the country or face a two-week mandatory quarantine once they returned.
The quarantine was announced when Britain removed France from a list of countries that were exempt from traveler quarantine requests, and unleashed a mad dash for the border, with 500,000 tourists scrambling to buy train and airline tickets to return home.
One British mother said she was forced to leave two of her children with her husband in France as…