Freight drivers added to rules on travel from Denmark over concerns over mink coronavirus | UK News

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Stricter rules have been introduced for arrivals from Denmark over concerns about coronavirus outbreaks on mink farms across the country.

Freight drivers who have recently traveled through Denmark and who are not residents of the UK will be refused entry to Britain, under rules that came into effect on Sunday morning.

Passenger planes and ships from Denmark, as well as their cargo, will not be allowed to dock in England and carriers who have been in Denmark or through Denmark in the past fortnight will also be refused entry.

Rules were also introduced on Saturday prevent all national travelers or non-UK residents who have been or have transited through Denmark in the last 14 days after entering the United Kingdom.

Anyone who is allowed to enter and has traveled to Denmark must also self-isolate for 14 days, along with members of their household.

The Danish government has ordered the 15 million mink raised on the country’s 1,139 mink farms to be slaughtered.

It follows the discovery of a coronavirus mutation found in 12 people infected with mink.

There are concerns that it could influence the effectiveness of any vaccine against the virus, but experts said the importance of any variant strain and its effect on humans remains to be studied.

On the travel ban, which will be reviewed after one week, Logistics UK said: “In order to ensure the integrity of the UK supply chain, it is essential that our HGV drivers can operate safely , and our members will ensure their drivers follow all government advice and isolate for 14 days if they arrive from Denmark.

“At the same time, logistics is an agile industry and importers can switch between modes of transport to ensure that products always arrive at the end customer.

“In any case, a large part of the ferry transport between the UK and Denmark is sent in unaccompanied trailers, so the drivers simply collect their loads at ports, without the need to cross the border. The industry will continue to maintain high levels of vigilance and follow all health protocols necessary to protect the UK. “

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