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Huge queues at Europe’s borders

Huge queues at Europe’s borders

Trucks and other vehicles are finding themselves in huge traffic jams (queues of up to 37 miles and 18 hours have been reported) at several EU borders as governments step up their measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

When Poland shut its borders last month, thousands of truck drivers were stuck at the border between Lithuania and Poland after officials demanded every driver was tested for symptoms of the virus. Hungary opened its border to alleviate congestion, but trucks were soon backed up for 17 miles.

EU leaders agreed to ban most foreigners from entering the bloc for 30 days, however, food, medical supplies and other goods still need to reach their destinations.

And with more countries going into lockdown and no clear idea of how long these measures need to last, drivers can expect plenty more congestion in the weeks and months ahead.

 

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