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Published on Friday, November 6, 2020

Denmark 'swiftly' taken off travel corridor






Denmark has swiftly been taken off the UK's travel corridor list, with the announcement coming just two and a half hours before the rule came into force.


Passengers arriving in the UK from 04:00 this morning will need to self-isolate for 14 days.


The announcement was made at 01:30.


Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the decision was taken 'urgently' after health authorities in Denmark found a mutated form of coronavirus that can pass to humans in mink farms.


Shapps said: "I have taken the swift decision to urgently remove Denmark from the government's travel corridor list as a precautionary measure given recent developments


"Passengers arriving into the UK from Denmark from 4am on Friday 6 November 2020 (today) will need to self-isolate for 14 days by law before following domestic restrictions now in force.


"I understand that this will be concerning for both people currently in Denmark and the wider UK public, which is why we have moved quickly to protect our country and prevent the spread of the virus to the UK.


"Health authorities in Denmark have reported widespread outbreaks of coronavirus (Covid-19) in mink farms, with a variant strain of the virus spreading to some local communities. The Chief Medical Officer has therefore recommended that, as precautionary measure, all those returning from Denmark should self-isolate for 14 days.


"People currently in Denmark may finish their trip, follow the local rules and check the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice pages on GOV.UK for further information.


"While new lockdown rules mean leaving home in order to travel for holidays is no longer permitted, the government's travel corridor policy remains a critical part of the government's COVID-19 response as it mitigates the risk of importing infections from abroad."

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