December 21 – In response to the COVID-19 mutation, the United Kingdom imposed the highest level of “level 4” blockade restrictions on London and the southeastern part of the United Kingdom on the 20th, and people flocked to railway stations and airports.
According to the British Daily Star, the mutant strain of COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in London and southeastern England, and British Prime Minister Johnson upgraded the Christmas epidemic prevention restrictions, involving about 20 million people. This means that almost one-third of Britons can’t enjoy the joy of Christmas reunion.
One netizen said on social media that London Heathrow Airport was in chaos, “hundreds of passengers are waiting for information from British Airways flight overbooking!” Some netizens also said that they saw people rushing into London railway station desperately.
On the 20th local time, the United Kingdom reported 35,928 new confirmed cases, the largest increase in a single day, with 326 new deaths.
European countries, including Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium, have issued travel bans to and from the United Kingdom.
The bans vary in time but are short-term. The EU is scheduled to meet on December 21 to decide to take more coordinated measures.