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This is VOA news. Via remote, I'm Liz Palka.

Trucks waiting to get into Britain are backing up for miles.

People are stranded at the airport as countries impose stringent travel restrictions and temporary bans on travel to and from the UK.

This is all due to a mutant strain of the coronavirus that has rapidly spread through London and southern England in December.

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the strain is (quote), "out of control."

However, many experts have warned it is not clear if this version is more lethal. They've also said the new COVID-19 vaccine should be effective against the variant.

From Canada to India, one nation after another has banned flights from Britain.

Meanwhile, France barred the entry of trucks from Britain for 48 hours while this strain is assessed. The precautions raised fears of food shortages in Britain if the restrictions drag on.

There were rising hopes Monday that France would allow traffic to flow again, if truck drivers take coronavirus tests on arrival.

The United States has seen a surge in coronavirus infections during the past two months.

On Monday, the country surpassed 18 million confirmed coronavirus cases according to Johns Hopkins University which is tracking the global outbreak. More than 319,000 Americans have died from COVID-19.

US President-elect Joe Biden received a COVID-19 vaccination on live television Monday to convince Americans that the inoculation is safe.

The President-elect received the Pfizer and Biotech shot at a hospital in the US city of Newark, Delaware.

He said afterward (quote), "I'm doing this to demonstrate that people should be prepared when it's available to take the vaccine. There's nothing to worry about."

More stories on voanews.com. This is VOA news.

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