Sumary of France shouldn’t be on ‘amber plus’ list, says analyst:
- The reason given by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) was the “persistent presence of cases in France of the Beta variant”.
- But Robert Boyle, former director of strategy at British Airways’ parent company, IAG, has analysed French government data and found that the number of Beta variant cases of coronavirus in mainland France over the summer has declined.
- Cases reached peaks of just over 120 on several days in the first half of June.
- In the week leading up to the UK government’s announcement, they averaged around 60.“Whatever it was that triggered the government’s decision to create the amber plus list and put France on it, the stated reason of rising Beta cases don’t hold up to further inspection,” Mr Boyle wrote in a blog post.
- During the week leading up to the announcement, around one-third of Beta variant cases for France as a whole were identified in Réunion.