UK mutant coronavirus strain “out of control” as countries announce travel bans – BBC News


BBC News

Dec 20, 2020

The UK government has said a new mutation of the coronavirus is “out of control” in parts of England and spreading rapidly. The latest figures show more than 35,000 new infections, many in London and the south-east.

Several countries have announced that they are banning travel from the UK — with France suspending passenger and some freight transport. The Port of Dover has temporarily been closed.

New restrictions have come into force for 18 million people in England and 3 million people in Wales.

In England areas within the new Tier 4 rules include London, Kent and most of Essex. People have been told to stay home with non-essential shops closed. Christmas mixing of households will not be permitted.

The festive rules have changed in the rest of England too – with a gathering only now allowed on Christmas Day.

Mishal Husain presents BBC News at Ten reporting by political correspondent Nick Eardley, transport correspondent Caroline Davies, business editor Simon Jack and health correspondent Catherine Burns.

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