Britain will further tighten entry restrictions by closing all its “travel corridors” with other countries in order to stem the spread of new CCP virus variants, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday.
"To protect us against the risk of as yet unidentified new strains, we will also temporarily close all travel corridors from 0400 on Monday."
He said the government had coordinated with all devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland so that the change will apply across the whole of the UK.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Friday afternoon that all travel corridors must now be closed because "it's impossible for the Joint Bio-security Centre to provide live scientific updates to predict which countries or regions will now originate new variants."
Johnson told reporters that over 3.2 million people had been vaccinated against the virus across the UK.
"What we don't want to see is all that hard work undone by the arrival of a new variant that is vaccine busting," he said.
"This is not the time for the slightest relaxation of our national resolve and our individual efforts," Johnson said.