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December 21, 2020 - Countries around the world have imposed restrictions on travel from the UK due to fears of a new supervirulent strain of the coronavirus.
Britain’s port of Dover closed its ferry terminal for outbound traffic until further notice after the discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus prompted a wave of countries to ban travel from the UK.
More than 80% of the drivers of the 2.1 million trucks that go through Dover every year are foreign nationals, the vast bulk of them from the European Union.
France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Ireland, Belgium, Israel and Canada were among those that shut off travel ties after Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of a highly infectious new strain of the virus.
Johnson said the fast-moving new variant of the virus is 70% more transmissible than existing strains, though he said there was no evidence that it was more lethal or caused a more severe illness.