Royal Mail has stopped delivering to a number of nations which have imposed journey bans on Britain, because the UK tries to clear a backlog of lorries held on the port of Dover, blocked from travelling to Europe amid a brand new Covid pressure.
Britain’s postal service stated on Monday that France, Turkey, Canada and different nations had been added to its “on suspension” record, as greater than 40 nations worldwide have closed their borders to the UK.
It comes as Boris Johnson stated on Monday that the UK is now working with France as a way to clear the mostly-European lorry drivers that stay stranded on the port of Dover after the French authorities shut its borders for 48 hours.
Throughout a Downing Road information briefing the prime minister pledged to clear the backlog, together with some 170 HGVs ready on the M20 motorway, “within the subsequent few hours” after a phone name with French President Emmanuel Macron.
“Everybody can store usually,” Johnson added in a bid to dispel fears that meals and drugs provides would dry up amid the journey shutdown, with some experiences of panic shopping for in British supermarkets on Monday.
Nations internationally have closed their borders to Britain over the invention of the VUI-2020/01 pressure of Covid-19, which has unfold throughout the nation however is very prevalent in London, the south-east and in japanese England.
Instances of the brand new variant, which early knowledge suggests is as much as 70 p.c extra transmissible, have additionally reportedly been found in different nations, together with Italy, Denmark and Australia.
The UK authorities’s chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance stated on the information briefing that the brand new pressure’s fast unfold may imply that extra areas of the nation should be positioned into the hardest Tier 4 coronavirus measures.
“I believe it’s possible that this may develop in numbers of the variant throughout the nation and I believe it is possible, subsequently, that measures will should be elevated in some locations, in the end, not diminished,” he stated.
On Monday the UK reported an extra 33,364 constructive coronavirus instances and one other 215 fatalities, taking the overall demise toll to 67,616.
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