UK Ramps Up COVID Testing of Truck Drivers Stalled at French Border

The UK’s Defence Ministry deployed an additional 800 troops to Kent, England, on Christmas Day, in a bid to ramp up coronavirus testing of truck drivers stranded there following a temporary French ban on UK imports.

Thousands of drivers were stuck since Sunday, when the border with France was closed following the discovery of a new strain of the coronavirus in the UK.

By Christmas Day, France’s Transport Minister said the movement of trucks into France was accelerating after more than 10,000 drivers were tested since the operation began.

This footage, released by the UK Ministry of Defence on December 25, shows testing at Manston Airfield. Credit: Ministry of Defence/Cpl Nicholas Egan RAF via Storyful