China blocks travellers from coronavirus-hit Britain in partial closure of borders – commute

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Mainland China denied entry to a couple travellers from Britain, where more people have died from Covid-19 than anywhere else in Europe, in a partial closure of its borders this week again as new coronavirus cases flared around the globe.

As a result of the pandemic, China has temporarily suspended entry of non-Chinese nationals living in the UK even though they hold legal visas and residence permits, the Chinese embassy in Britain said on Wednesday.

The rejection of non-Chinese travellers from Britain came as England entered a monthlong lockdown starting Thursday after new coronavirus cases exceeded 20,000 a day and its Covid-19 death toll eclipsed all other countries in Europe.

The suspension used to be a partial reversal of an easing on Sept. 28, when China allowed all foreigners with legal residence permits to go into. In March, China had banned entry of foreigners in response to the epidemic.

Mainland China has also started to tighten probably the most most stringent requirements on this planet on inbound travellers arriving from other foreign destinations.

Starting November 6, all passengers from america, France and Germany bound for mainland China should take both a nucleic acid test and a blood test for antibodies against the coronavirus. The tests should be done not more than 48 hours before boarding.

Similar requirements were imposed on travellers from countries such as Australia, Singapore and Japan, effective November 8.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.)

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