STUCK UK TRUCK DRIVERS GET RAPID COVID TESTS
Rapid testing was rolled out for lorry drivers who have been stuck in the south-east of England after borders were closed at the weekend amid global concerns about a new strain of coronavirus spreading in the country, Isobel Frodsham reported for Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa).
Fears of the new strain put much of Britain back into lockdown at the weekend and have disrupted Britain's travel ties with most of the rest of the world.
Nearly 3,000 lorries were parked at a closed airport, Manston airport, late on Tuesday after they were moved off of gridlocked roads. Drivers who register as negative for the coronavirus after taking a rapid lateral flow test will be able to cross the Channel back into mainland Europe.
The results usually arrive 30 minutes after the test is taken. Results will come by text message. Those who test positive will be offered a second PCR test, which gives results in 24 hours, and told to self-isolate in their lorries, Cabinet Minister Robert Jenrick told the BBC.