Urgent: UK to close all travel corridors from Monday to keep out new COVID variants


LONDON, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Friday that Britain will close all travel corridors to the country from 0400 GMT on Monday in a bid to keep out new coronavirus variants.

Britain "will temporarily close all travel corridors from 0400 on Monday," the prime minister said at a virtual press conference at Downing Street.

The new measure means that travellers entering the country must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test in previous 72 hours.

Anyone arriving in Britain must quarantine for 10 days or they have the choice of doing an extra test on day five to shorten the isolation, Johnson said.

This will initially happen for a month, although it will be kept under review and could be extended, the BBC reported.

England is currently under the third national lockdown since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country. Similar restriction measures are also in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States have been racing against time to develop coronavirus vaccines.

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