Coronavirus travel ban: All arrivals from to UK Denmark banned due to mink mutation fears

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Denmark’s travel corridor quarantine exemption was lifted at 4am yesterday and those returning were instantly ordered to quarantine. These measure have increased and now no one travelling to the UK from Denmark will be admitted to the country besides British nationals, visa holders and permanent residents.

However, those who return will be asked to self isolate for 14 days and additionally so will their household members.

The Government statement, put together by the Department for Transport and Grant Shapps MP read: “The Government has responded urgently to the latest developments by bringing in a number of measures.

“From 4am, Saturday 7 November 2020, the Home Office is implementing immigration powers meaning visitors arriving into the UK from Denmark will not be permitted entry into the UK.

“This excludes freight and hauliers.

“The decision to act quickly follows the release of further information from health authorities in Denmark reporting widespread outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19) in mink farms, with a variant strain of the virus spreading to some local communities.”

It went on that anyone who has returned from Denmark within the last two weeks will be contacted.

This will be done to “ensure they complete the self-isolation needed to ensure the virus does not spread across the UK.”

These rules be will reviewed after a week, the statement read.

Flights have been cancelled by airlines including Scottish company Loganair.

It said via Twitter: “Due to travel restrictions imposed by Government this morning regarding Denmark, Loganair has had to suspend its service between Aberdeen and Esbjerg from 9 to 22 November.

“Customers due to travel over this period will be contacted by email and offered either a refund or the opportunity to move their booking to another date.”

Denmark is culling 17 million mink due to fears of the dangerous mutated version of the killer virus.

The mutation was found on mink farms, with at five cases of the new virus affecting 207 mink farms in Jutland.

So far 12 people in the country have been infected with the mutated illness described by the Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen as “very, very serious”.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps was criticised when he initially removed Denmark’s travel corridor status on Thursday.

He said: “I’ve taken the urgent decision tonight to remove DENMARK from the travel corridor list immediately given developments

“Passengers arriving into the UK from DENMARK from 4am on 6 November 2020 will need to self-isolate for 14 days.”

Furious Britons responded, claiming this decision would cause “suffering”.

One wrote: “Do you have any idea how many people who are supposed to self isolate, actually self isolate and how many imported cases of COVID there are each day?

“My guess is you have absolutely no idea so all the suffering people will be going through is completely futile.”

Another said: “Don’t worry, Grant, the actions of you and the government under which you serve have all but decimated the once great travel industry of this country.”

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