LONDON, Feb. 6 / PRNewswire / – Prime Minister Boris Johnson will chair an emergency meeting today to discuss international travel, particularly the flow of goods to and from the UK, a spokeswoman for his office said yesterday.
Yesterday, several European countries started closing their doors to travelers from the UK after the country tightened Covid restrictions in London and southern England to curb the spread of a new strain of the coronavirus.
France said it would lock all people coming from the UK for 48 hours from last night, including freight companies, whether by road, air, sea or rail. The UK port of Dover said its ferry terminal is closed.
“The Prime Minister will chair an Emergency Response (COBR) meeting tomorrow to discuss the situation regarding international travel, particularly the steady flow of goods to and from the UK. More meetings will take place tonight and tomorrow morning to ensure that solid plans are in place, ”the spokeswoman said.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps urged the British, especially freight forwarders, not to travel to ports in Kent in the south of England and warned on Twitter that “we expect significant disruption in the region”.
The travel restrictions come at a tough time for many UK companies holding last minute supplies before December 31st, as a transition to the status quo with the European Union ends and new customs regulations come into effect.
Doug Bannister, general manager at the Port of Dover, told Reuters earlier this month that Europe’s largest trucking port had already seen near-record levels of trade.
The number of Covid-19 cases in the UK rose by 35,928 yesterday, official data showed, the highest daily increase since the pandemic began.
There were also 326 deaths within 28 days of testing positive, less than the 534 recorded on Saturday.
The government has tightened restrictions in London and the south-east of England to curb the spread of a new, fast-spreading variant of the virus. – Reuters