BRITS have at present been banned from getting into Holland because the UK revealed a brand new pressure of Covid-19 had emerged.
Boris Johnson last night cancelled Christmas for millions of Brits – telling them to “keep native” amid fears the variant can unfold as much as 70 per cent quicker.
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Passengers are seen at Heathrow Airport this morning as Holland introduced a journey ban from these coming in from the UKCredit score: Rex Options
The PM slapped draconian new Tier 4 measures on London, the South East and East of England, admitting “bitter remorse” at axing household get-togethers.
And in what could possibly be the primary of many nations to make the transfer, simply hours later the Dutch authorities introduced that each one flights from the UK had been banned from getting into Holland.
In a press release, it stated: “Pending additional info, and a proof of the epidemiological state of affairs in the UK, the general public well being institute recommends that any introduction of this virus pressure from the UK needs to be restricted as a lot as attainable, by limiting or controlling passenger motion.”
It continued: “Within the coming days, it’ll, in shut collaboration with different EU member states, look into the probabilities of additional proscribing imports of the virus from the UK”.
The ban is in impact from 5am Sunday till January 1.
It’s understood that the brand new variant of coronavirus has unfold to no less than two different nations, The Telegraph reported.
The Netherlands is beneath a five-week lockdown till mid-January with faculties and all non-essential outlets closed to gradual a surge within the virus.
Europe – the epicentre of the pandemic earlier this yr – is as soon as once more seeing rising circumstances with officers fearing an explosion in infections after the Christmas holidays as households collect.
And Boris Johnson final night time launched the brand new measures within the UK amid fears hospitals might be overwhelmed if the brand new pressure will get uncontrolled.
Journey and mixing households are banned from at present beneath the new highest level resctrictions – with households elsewhere solely allowed to type Christmas bubbles for at some point on December 25 itself.
Christmas travellers ready in line beside a big illuminated Christmas tree at Heathrow airport as many individuals have made preparations to depart previous to the federal government announcement on tier 4 restrictionsCredit score: Rex Options
Boris Johnson has cancelled Christmas for thousands and thousands of BritsCredit score: Getty – Pool
The areas within the new Tier 4 from tonight at midnight
Surrey (excluding Waverley)
The boroughs of Gosport, Havant, Portsmouth, Rother and Hastings
All 32 London boroughs and the town of London.
Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes, Luton, Peterborough
Essex (excluding Colchester, Uttlesford and Tendring).
Scotland also banned travel from England last night – Wales was plunged into Tier 4 restrictions from midnight.
But hundreds of Londoners fled the capital last night after the announcement.
The town’s stations have been stated to be like “conflict zones” as locals skipped city earlier than the powerful new Tier 4 lockdown got here into impact at midnight.
Professor Chris Whitty begged folks to remain at dwelling yesterday night as the foundations have been unveiled, warning: “When you’ve got packed a bag, unpack it.”
Withing hours there have been lengthy queues of site visitors on roads out of London and chaotic crushes at railway terminals as folks fled to keep away from the brutal new restrictions.
In St Pancras station a whole lot of individuals have been filmed speeding in direction of boundaries to board the trains leaving the capital.
Comparable frantic scenes have been pictured at Paddington station and King’s Cross.
Brits final night time reacted with fury on the information Christmas was cancelled, with thousands and thousands having already made their plans and shelling out for food, booze and gifts.
Many have taken to social media to vent their anger.
One devastated consumer stated: “I am sorry however my household have spent cash on meals for my household who’re all coming within the subsequent few days. I see my household twice a yr and I’m completely devastated like I can’t clarify how upsetting and disheartening that is.”