France, UK agree to ease Covid-19 test rules for truck drivers

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UK’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced on Sunday that lorry drivers returning to France from Britain will not now need to have a coronavirus test if they have spent less than 48 hours in the country, Reuters reported.

France demanded in December that lorry drivers travelling from Britain to France must carry a negative Covid test result to reduce the spread of a more infectious coronavirus variant that had been found in Kent in southeast England.

“From 11 p.m. (2300 GMT) tonight, lorries returning to France from UK having spent less than 48 hours in the UK will no longer require a coronavirus test,” Shapps said on Twitter.

UK’s PM Boris Johnson is set on Monday to start unwinding England's third and as he hopes final coronavirus lockdown after mass vaccination gave results. In a statement to parliament, Johnson is expected to confirm the reopening of all English schools on 8 March.

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