It’s ironic that in the week when COVID vaccines were being rolled out in several countries, including the UK, USA and Russia and a second (Moderna) vaccine was approved in the USA for emergency use, the COVID pandemic in the UK appears to be spiralling out of control.
A new strain of the COVID virus apparently is ravaging the south-east of England and spreading significantly faster than was the case before.
The seriousness of that was that London, the East, and the South-East were moved in a tighter ‘tier 4’, restricting most movement.
Early reports were that people were trying to flee the area ahead of the lockdown.
Other EU countries started to ban flights and other travel from the UK.
Scotland banned cross-border movement.
Police presence has been beefed up to help enforce that measure.
Now, EU travel from the UK have been banned.
Freight is already affected at the border with France.
Things were going pear-shaped, already, as the scornful attitude of sneering at thoughts of “cancelling Christmas“ saw PM Johnston accept that fact for a large segment of England:
It’s too early to say how drastic an impact the flight cancellations will have on UK travel; non-EU countries are beginning to ban travel from the UK. It could be a tolling bell for some Caribbean tourism, which is just starting its winter season from mid-December. It’s hard to see countries in the region being indifferent to arrivals from the UK, in light of this latest development.