European states ban travel from UK as new Covid strain takes holdDecember 21, 2020
Variant causes leap in cases, while restriction of cross-Channel freight forecast to wreck supply chains
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European countries have banned flights and ferries carrying passengers from the UK in a desperate attempt to suppress the spread of a new variant of the coronavirus that has plunged southern England into a tier 4 lockdown.
In the most dramatic development, France announced it was suspending passenger and human-handled freight transport from the UK for 48 hours from 11pm GMT. The Road Haulage Association warned the move would have a “devastating effect” on supply chains already disrupted by Brexit stockpiling and pandemic restrictions.