By PAN PYLAS, The Associated Press
LONDON (AP) – Around 1,000 British soldiers were trying to spend Christmas Day, as France closed its border to Britain after trying to clear a huge backlog of stuck truck drivers in the south-east of France , Then sought coronovirus tests, virus variant amid fears of a new, markedly more infectious.
Even 4,000 international truck drivers spent one more day in their cabs, but some progress was made on Friday, which led to an extra rush of traffic around the English Channel port of Dover on Friday, which That the small cross was placed to cross. For Calais in northern France.
Military personnel were directing traffic and helping with a large test program for drivers, who would have to undergo a negative test to enter France. French firefighters have also been prepared to help military test drivers for coronaviruses.
Officials from Britain’s Department of Transport said that three of the 2,367 coronovirus tests conducted so far are negative.
France’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that France closed its border in the UK for 48 hours last Sunday, a version of a virus that is 70% more contagious that led to the rapid spread of infection in London and surrounding areas Used to be. As a result, lockdown restrictions have been tightened in the capital and many other parts of England and family holiday gatherings have been canceled.
Most of the tests are being carried out in an unused airfield at Manston Airport, 20 miles (33 kilometers) from Dover. Trapped truck drivers were being sent free food and more than 250 portable toilets were installed in Maniston, with 32 others placed along the gridlocked M20 highway.
Duncan Buchanan of the UK said, “The most reassuring thing is getting food in Manston, and I have to say a big thank you to all who volunteered to help drivers get out in the cold conditions . ” Road Transportation Association.
The mood among the stranded drivers appeared mostly more often than in their anger earlier this week due to the lack of status and facilities.
British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said, “I know that at this precious time of year it is difficult for many drivers in their cabs, but I assure them that we are doing our best to get them home.”
The virus has been blamed for more than 1.7 million confirmed deaths worldwide, including around 70,000 in Britain, with Italy the second-highest number of deaths in Europe.
On Saturday, Britain is extending strict lockdown restrictions to more territories as authorities try to stop the spread of the new version. In the last two days, the UK has recorded its daily highest infection numbers at less than 40,000. It is feared that the country’s beloved National Health Service will soon face acute capacity issues in its hospitals and thousands of people will die from the virus.
In a video message to The Nation, Johnson said that this Christmas was not “about presents, or turkey, or brandy butter”, but about hope, being distributed as coronovirus vaccine shots and developing more vaccines Are being done
The Prime Minister said, “We know that on the next Christmas people will be alive, whom we love, on the next Christmas we will live properly because we made sacrifices and did not celebrate this Christmas in general.”
Johnson said on Thursday that more than 800,000 people in the UK had received the first dose of the vaccine developed by American pharmaceutical firm Pfizer and German biotechnology company BioNotech. The UK was the first country in the world to approve the vaccine and vaccination for health workers began on 8 December and over 80.
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