Cull sow shipments cancelled due to Dover port closure

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Already much-reduced shipments of cull sows have been cancelled due to the closure of Dover port, after France banned UK travellers and freight due to the new strain of COVID-19.

France shut its border with the UK for 48 hours on Sunday, meaning no lorries or ferry passengers will be able to sail from the port of Dover. This has exacerbated problems that have already seen long queues of freight lorries in Kent due to a combination of Brexit stockpiling and COVID-19 disruption.

More countries have imposed bans on travel and freight from the UK, with Hong Kong joining the likes of Switzerland, Germany, and Italy to suspend UK flights. Belgium, the Irish Republic and Canada have also suspended flights, while Austria is also set to bring in a ban, the BBC reports. Bans in other nations are set to last at least until January 31.

The prime minister will chair a meeting of the government’s emergency committee, COBRA, later while EU member states are due to meet in Brussels to discuss a co-ordinated response.



by Alistair Driver

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