Countries ban travel to the UK
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At least six European countries have announced flights will cease if they haven't done soalready, while France and Belgium have banned train travel.
Top health officials in Britain say a new, fast-moving variant of the coronavirus could be up to70 percent more transmissible than previous ones.
This strain appears to be driving the rapid spread in London and southern England.
But there is no evidence the new strain is deadlier or would react differently to the vaccine, according to BBC News.
As a result of the new strain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday a new tierof coronavirus restrictions, the strictest yet, and canceled the planned five-day Christmasrelaxation period that had been planned for Dec 23 through 27.
Videos went viral on Saturday night of Britons packing London train stations in a last-minutescramble to leave the city ahead of Christmas.
British health secretary Matt Hancock described the rush to travel "totally irresponsiblebehavior," according to Sky News.