British authorities started testing truck drivers stranded in the UK on Wednesday afternoon. Thousands of drivers are waiting for their crossing from Dover to Calais. France had previously closed the border, because a mutation of the coronavirus had surfaced in the United Kingdom.
Drivers who want to go to the mainland must undergo a rapid test. If it turns out positive, they can have a PCR test done. If they also prove that they have the corona virus, they must be in isolation in a hotel.
It will be a while before things get going again in the southeastern county of Kent. “We continue to call on drivers not to come to Kent until further notice, where we will do everything we can to resolve port congestion,” said the UK Department of Transport.
Many truck drivers have been stuck for days and the atmosphere is starting to get grimmer. Angry drivers turn against the police because they may not be home for Christmas.
Police tried to stop a group of drivers on Wednesday morning, which led to pushing and pulling. One person has been arrested so far. He blocked according to BBC News a highway in Dover.
Road to France was blocked for several days
The road to France was blocked for several days for fear of the spread of a mutated variant of the virus. 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 again from Wednesday.
The British Army, the National Health Service (NHS) and source and contact investigation teams have established multiple testing facilities in Kent as part of the British-French agreement.