COVID-19 and reports of a new mutated strain in London have caused multiple countries to stop all travel from the U.K arriving on their soil. Germany; France, Italy (America?), and at least two more countries have all blocked incoming travel from the U.K. The block comes just hours after reports of a 70% more contagious mutated version of the Coronavirus.
It is unclear how or when this version of the Coronavirus mutated or perhaps to what full extent it is actually mutated. The Eurotunnel Le Shuttle which straddles service between the U.K/France border has confirmed that the last train left shortly after 9:15pm local time tonight. All travel is suspended as of this writing.
A running list so far of those that have blocked the U.K: Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Israel and El Salvador.
Lockdown restrictions are expected to go into Tier Four between now and tomorrow
As the Prime Minister confirmed on Friday, lockdown restrictions were slowly being rolled out once again over the weekend. Between now and tomorrow morning, parts of London and England will be in total Tier 4 lockdown (that means non-essentials will be shuttered across the board.)
Below, you’ll find a pretty good explainer (so far) of the reported mutation found in parts of London.
It also comes amid reports from Downing St that the so-called “Christmas Bubbles” scheduled for the week of Christmas are also axed. Late last night, travelers scrambled through train stations in London to get out of the city before lockdown began taking hold.
The Eurostar has also cancelled service between Amsterdam; Brussels, and more starting on Monday amid growing fears over the mutation. Officials still haven’t fully publicly discussed whaat they know about the mutation in great detail.