New Covid strain: UK, France to set out plan to restart freight

London - The measures will come into effect from Wednesday.

By Reuters

Published: Tue 22 Dec 2020, 10:41 AM

The United Kingdom and France will set out a plan to restart freight after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed measures to reopen the French border, the BBC reported.

The measures will come into effect from Wednesday, the BBC said, citing French Europe Minister Clement Beaun.

European Union member states will meet again in Brussels to discuss a co-ordinated response, including pooling expertise about the dangers posed by the new variant, the report said.

Other European countries are talking about how to coordinate their response.

Dozens of countries, including Saudi Arabia, France and India, banned UK flights after parts of England, including London, entered tough tier four - "stay at home" - restrictions.

More than 40 countries have now banned UK arrivals due to the mutation.

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