Dover chaos feared as France demands 72-hour Covid tests

France is demanding that lorry drivers have PCR tests which can take 72 hours to produce a result, causing concern in government that it will lead to chaos at the border.

Last month France banned lorry drivers from crossing the Channel to try to stop the spread of the new UK strain of the coronavirus.

The ban left thousands of drivers stranded in Kent and led to clashes with police at the border.

The government resolved the issue by giving lorry drivers lateral flow tests, which take 20 minutes to produce a result.

However, France, which is introducing a nationwide 6pm curfew tomorrow, is concerned about the accuracy of the tests.

It wants Britain to introduce a fully saliva-based PCR test for lorry drivers.


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