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Border between UK and France reopened to freight traffic
The British and French authorities have agreed that freight traffic that is still standing on the British side of the Channel can also enter France again, news channel reports Sky News. However, the truck drivers must undergo a rapid test and test negative for the corona virus.

The road to France was blocked for several days for fear of the spread of a mutated variant of the virus. Earlier on Tuesday evening, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced that French and other EU citizens in the United Kingdom will be allowed to travel to France from Wednesday, but only if they can provide a negative test result.

Trucks are admitted to France if the occupants have been tested negative for the corona virus. The port is calling on truck drivers to drive to the nearby airport to undergo a rapid test. This does not apply to drivers who are already in the huge traffic jam on the M20. They are tested on site.

The British Army, the National Health Service (NHS) and source and contact investigation teams will set up multiple testing facilities in the southeastern Kent region as part of the Anglo-French agreement. Around 2,800 trucks are currently still stationed there.

British Transport Minister Grant Shapps responded with relief on Tuesday evening. “We have made good progress today with the French government,” said Shapps. His ministry states that with the rapid tests it is possible to have the results within half an hour, while a PCR test takes 24 hours. The department reports that the agreement will be evaluated on December 31.

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