Multiple European countries ban travel to and from UK

The bans come amid an outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus.
2:51 | 12/21/20

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We start with breaking news tonight a highly infectious strain of the corona virus racing across England. Prompting a growing number of countries to band traveled to win from the UK. Tonight New York's Governor Cuomo calling for the US to do just the same. Long lines at train stations in London people at saint paying course station lining up trying to board the last train to Paris. The surge in the virus also prompting a strict new locked down across much of England just days before Christmas the streets are empty. People told to stay at home. And here in the US the fear that new strain could fuel the virus comes after the worst week yet in this pandemic. More cases hospitalizations. And deaths than ever before. An average of 2600 people die every day more than 3171000. Americans have now died of Covert. But tonight that second vaccine is being shipped across America a second shot a Pope to and the pandemic. We have a lot to get to tonight we begin with ABC's two we look forward in London. Tonight in Britain and a holding current or virus. And record rates of infection cases in London and the southeast of England are skyrocketing. To 75010. Day Elaine a possible cause new variant of the virus that causes care mid nineteen. Prime minister Boris Johnson addressing the nation in an emergency broad cost las night. It may be up to 70%. More transmissible. Tonight the British variation identified in Graham. The patient and his Conner writing from the UK a few days and their instruments Phoenix you know apple it's based on now in isolation. Several European countries now banning flights from Britain the US has not taken similar measures. And the mission New York's governor is cooling reprehensible. Right now there's a variant. In the UK. Is getting on a plane. And flying. To JFK. How many times in life. Do you have to make the same mistake before you learn it's grossly negligent. Just like this spring. As recently as Wednesday Johnson was still promise saying and nearly normal. She should we don't wounds too as I say to tube. Aaron Christmas two to cancel it are I think that would be frankly inhuman. But now the government has issued a stay at hand more day the Christmas. Across all of London a new launch parts of southeast England and Wales the announcement triggering a rush to train stations. By people anxious to meet stuff families before the new rules kicks in. But this new variant was identified from salt close several months ago and sunspot testing has not shown any evidence aside the more deadly souls are not foot to be resistant to many of the vaccines currently authorized but this test. Are on day. Tom. Julie McFarland with that breaking news out of London tonight Julia thank you.

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