UK Transport Secretary Says 36 Truck Drivers Stuck Near Dover Test Positive for COVID-19

MOSCOW, (Sputnik) – Thirty-six truck drivers who had been stranded within the English county of Kent after the French authorities briefly banned all passenger and human-accompanied freight transport from the United Kingdom have examined optimistic for COVID-19, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps mentioned on Saturday.

“Update on Kent lorry situation: 15,526 #Coronavirus tests now carried out. Just 36 positive results, which are being verified (0.23%),” Shapps wrote on Twitter.

Thousands of vans had been directed to Manston Airport, a former army base and civilian airfield, after the French authorities issued an preliminary 48-hour ban on accompanied freight transport from the UK that started this previous Monday. The ban adopted the invention of a brand new pressure of SARS-CoV-2 in southeast England.

After the ban expired, the French authorities partially reopened the border, and the UK authorities launched a mass testing marketing campaign with a view to ease the backlog and permit drivers who examined unfavourable for COVID-19 to cross the English Channel to France.

Shapps added that Manston Airport was now cleared of vans.

Many European international locations have issued a short lived ban on flights to and from the UK following the invention of the brand new coronavirus pressure, which is believed to be extra simply transmissible. 


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