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UK considering full border closure to foreign visitors

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The government is considering a more strict border closure to prevent new mutant cases of Covid-19 from entering the country.

The move would effectively close the UK’s land, sea and air borders or ‘corridors’ to foreign visitors to prevent the spreading of different mutations of the coronavirus.

With NHS trusts and hospitals at breaking point across the UK, the British army has been drafted in to speed up the vaccination roll out while also providing medical support to hospitals in all 4 home nations.

Speaking with Sky News this week, Environment Secretary George Eustice did not rule out a tighter border restriction for foreign travellers, which would be aimed at preventing new, more infectious cases from being imported into the UK.

Having faced criticism over the UK’s slow response to limiting international travel through ‘air corridors’, there’s now a bigger likeliness that following the stricter measures imposed on travellers, PCR or lateral flow tests will play a bigger role at containing any further cases from people arriving in the country.

However, recent restrictions have brought key transport services such as the Eurostar to the brink, with companies like Easyjet also seeking finance to weather a 90%+ drop in passenger numbers.