Dover: Due to fears that the new coronavirus is highly contagious, it has exacerbated global panic and caused travel chaos. A few days before the Brexit cliff edge appeared, many countries in the UK closed their borders to the UK on Monday.
Indian Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that a variant of the virus has been found in the country with a spread rate of up to 70%. India, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Jordan and Hong Kong have suspended travel to the British. . Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman have completely closed their borders.
Several other countries have also suspended travel from the United Kingdom, including France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, Belgium, Israel and Canada-although scientists say this strain may have spread in countries where testing methods are not as good as the United Kingdom.
The discovery of this new strain, less than a few months after the vaccine was expected to be widely used, triggered a new panic in a pandemic that has killed approximately 1.7 million people worldwide and more than 67,000 in the UK People lost their lives.
Australia said it found two people travelling from the UK to New South Wales carrying the mutant virus.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo urged the U.S. government to take steps to prevent the new strain entering the country, which has been worst hit by COVID-19 with almost 318,000 deaths.
“It s high time the federal government takes swift action, because today that variant is getting on a plane and landing in JFK, and all it takes is one person,” he said.
US Assistant Health Secretary Brett Giroir said nothing had yet been decided on any travel ban.
Johnson will chair an emergency response meeting on Monday to discuss international travel, in particular the flow of freight in and out of Britain. EU officials held a meeting on coordinating their response.
France shut its border to arrivals of people and trucks from Britain, closing off one of the most important trade arteries with mainland Europe.
As families and truck drivers tried to navigate the travel bans to get back home in time for Christmas, British supermarket chain Sainsbury s said shortages would start to appear within days if transport ties were not quickly restored.
“If nothing changes, we will start to see gaps over the coming days on lettuce, some salad leaves, cauliflowers, broccoli and citrus fruit – all of which are imported from the continent at this time of year,” Sainsbury s said.
France s FNTR national road haulage federation said: “No driver wants to deliver to the UK now, so the UK is going to see its freight supply dry up.”