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Truck drivers are stuck in the makeshift camp at Manston Airfield for days


The German Ambassador to Britain joined the deadlocked traffic in Kent as he went on a mercy mission to visit stranded drivers trapped in the chaos of Kent.

Ambassador Andreas Michaelis was supposed to visit German nationals among the European truck drivers stuck in Kent. You are among the thousands trapped in a makeshift camp at Manston Airport in Kent before the prospect of spending Christmas trapped in their UK taxis.

The truckers were provided with hot meals by a Sikh charity amid complaints of poor conditions at the disused airport. Volunteers drove 80 miles from Coventry to feed the waiting truckers.

Many drivers have been without a shower for more than two days and the toilets were classified as “not a pretty sight”.

Tensions are building up and this morning increased. Truckers protest, break fences and block roads.

Last night, members of the Gravesend Gurdwara Sikh community cooked 500 chickpea curries and 300 mushroom noodle dishes in just under three hours before being taken to the airport by police.

Previously, Kent County Council had distributed granola bars and raced to provide more toilets for the makeshift camp while volunteers from Ramsgate FC made 200 pizzas for the drivers. The Salvation Army is also helping feed drivers stranded along the M20 motorway.

A Polish driver told MailOnline: “We're sick of it – I've been in Dover for two days and want to go home for Christmas. The French said their border would be opened but we saw no evidence of this.

“Thousands of people line up to get through the port and the streets stand still. Nobody wants to sleep another night in their taxi. & # 39;

A total of 3,800 drivers are parked at Manston Airport, with a total of 5,000 trucks being held in three traffic management operations in Kent. But industry experts estimate this morning that there are up to 10,000 truck drivers spread out across the chaotic Kent.

Rod McKenzie of the Road Haulage Association described the situation as "chaos" when he said drivers were "tired, frustrated and desperate to go home for Christmas".

The military and the NHS are currently running a mass testing program after France confirmed that carriers with a negative Covid test can cross the French border.

Tense negotiations ensue after President Emmanuel Macron imposed an entry ban from the UK on Sunday. But Home Secretary Priti Patel announced at 1 p.m. that the mass test system would mean reopening the borders.

The German Ambassador to Britain is stuck on the backlog of trucks on the Kent highways after attempting to meet German citizens trapped in the chaos of Kent

Andreas Michaelis attempted to visit German nationals who were among the thousands of truck drivers stranded in Marston, Kent

Andreas Michaelis attempted to visit German nationals who were among the thousands of truck drivers stranded in Marston, Kent

German Ambassador to Great Britain, Andreas Michaelis

He visited people who were distributing food to desperate truckers

The German ambassador to Great Britain, Andreas Michaelis (picture left), visited the stranded truck drivers today, but managed to get stuck in the chaos himself. He thanked the people who distributed food to desperate truck drivers (right picture).

The ambassador met people who distributed food to truckers and praised them for their selfless actions on Twitter

The ambassador met people who distributed food to truckers and praised them for their selfless actions on Twitter

Hot curries for the truckers

The meals were cooked by volunteers

A Sikh charity prepared hot meals, including curries (pictured) and noodle dishes, which were distributed to the desperate truckers

Water and snacks were given to the stranded truckers by the charity from their van with refreshments

Water and snacks were given to the stranded truckers by the charity from their van with refreshments

Some of the snacks collected by the charity are said to be distributed by volunteers to the European truckers waiting to get to France

Some of the snacks collected by the charity are said to be distributed by volunteers to the European truckers waiting to get to France

The Sikh charity made an appeal on social media for people to donate food to help the desperate truckers

The Sikh charity made an appeal on social media for people to donate food to help the desperate truckers

They said they would make "goodie bags" to give to the truck drivers and asked people to hand over treats and cookies

They said they would make "goodie bags" to give to the truck drivers and asked people to hand over treats and cookies

The disused Manston Airfield, converted into a huge truck park, can be seen in the background as angry drivers clash with police on the A299

The disused Manston Airfield, converted into a huge truck park, can be seen in the background as angry drivers clash with police on the A299

Ramsgate FC volunteers made pizzas last night for truck drivers stuck at Manston Airport with no access to hot food

Ramsgate FC volunteers made pizzas last night for truck drivers stuck at Manston Airport with no access to hot food

It comes as:

  • More areas of England could become Tier 4 from Boxing Day on fears that the new strain will spread.
  • Experts have found the variant has already spread across the UK, with cases identified in Wales and Scotland.
  • Health chiefs in Cumbria say the variant is in the county and could spike in new cases.
  • Lancashire's director of public health said there was a "high probability" that the new variant was in the county.
  • Labor says it will support any government move to tighten restrictions if scientists recommend it.
  • Sinn Fein has said that an island-wide travel ban should be introduced in Ireland in order to curb the spread of the variant.

Trucker's Covid testing site was set up at Margate amusement park when angry truck drivers clash with police

A deal with France was finally struck after President Emmanuel Macron banned entry from the UK on Sunday. Since then, thousands of trucks have been stranded in Kent and unable to cross the canal.

The agreement calls for every driver to be tested for coronavirus using controversial lateral flow tests. These can turn the results around in under an hour, but their effectiveness has been questioned.

However, experts warned the UK is still facing an uphill battle to test 6,000 drivers a day for coronavirus – with the International Road Transport Union warning, even a 30-minute test was "absolutely a disaster".

Those who come back negative will be notified via SMS in just 20 minutes and given the green light to travel. However, positive cases will be given a PCR test – and if they are still positive they will be sent to a Covid-safe hotel to isolate.

Mr. Macron wanted lab processed PCR tests that can take up to 72 hours to get results. But he relented after a third night of talks under pressure from European leaders who were pushing for a compromise.

A source in Whitehall said: “Many of these are European trucks – there are many from Poland, for example – and (EU) Member States have told France that they want to bring their drivers home. In the end, Macron folded. & # 39;

Only truck drivers and French and EU citizens or residents who have a substantial reason to travel and who have a negative test result that is less than 72 hours old are allowed to enter France until January 6th.

A test site has been set up at Manston Airfield, 18 miles from Dover, but it is unclear how the thousands of drivers who parked in town and caused two miles of traffic jam last night will get there.

Another test point was set up three miles away today at the Dreamland amusement park in Margate.

Community Secretary Robert Jenrick warned it could take a few days to clear the backlog of around 4,000 trucks waiting to cross the canal.

The rapid test kits provide results in 30 minutes, but there are concerns that the growing backlog of waiting trucks will not be cleared until December 25th. A test point will be set up at the Dreamland amusement park in Margate.

The tests are controversial, however, as lateral flow kits are more likely to miss those carrying the virus.

The stranded drivers today pleaded for being left home for Christmas, fearing the backlog of drivers will take days despite the introduction of rapid tests.

Interior Minister Priti Patel announced that the border with France will reopen at around 1 p.m. today. She tweeted, “Getting trucks moving is a priority and there are mass tests going on.

“We urge shippers not to travel to Kent as we are working to reduce congestion. Traveling now will slow things down. Tourists who are not based in France should not travel. & # 39;

She added, "My big thanks go to the police and the Border Force who are working hard to keep everyone safe."

The chaos this morning sparked tension between drivers and police at the port of Dover as European freight forwarders asked to be able to return to their families' homes.

At various times in the past 24 hours, the truck drivers have raised their horns simultaneously, Kent Live reports.

Today hundreds of angry truckers blocked the A299 at Manston Airport in Kent in mass protest.

Drivers reportedly breached the perimeter of the airport before stopping traffic in either direction.

Greg Mazurek has been trapped in Dover since Monday after delivering respirators to a medical center in Hemel Hempstead.

He is trying to return to his home in Poznan, Poland for Christmas.

He said: “The police did not evacuate the port to set up a testing center, but to let trucks out of Dover.

“That's why the drivers are now preventing the vehicles from leaving because they want to force the police to do something.

“Different police officers told us different things about what was happening. Who do we believe

“People are angry because they want to go home. The irony is that I'm more likely to leave this new Covid here among dozens of people than to be alone in my taxi that I was before. & # 39;

The van driver Emil Liveu, who transports parcels from Great Britain to Romania, has been stuck in the port of Dover since Sunday evening at 10 p.m.

He said he was trying to come home to have his first Christmas with his new baby: “We're stuck here. No toilet, no food. & # 39;

"They told me I need a Covid test to cross the line," said the 30-year-old.

"I found a private test, I paid for it, they give me the test, I come back here and they told me no."

Mr. Liveu, who has been sleeping in his taxi since Sunday, said, “It's difficult to pay a hotel when you've paid £ 130 for the test, money for diesel and the highway.

When he returned to Romania for Christmas he said, “If I go now, I might come back. But to be honest, I don't think I have a chance.

“I have a little baby at home, it would be the first Christmas together, but that's it, I think we'll do it on Facebook.

"Everyone hopes because there are a lot of people with children here."

A German van driver who went to the UK to make a delivery in Liverpool and has been trapped in Kent since the weekend said many other truckers were also desperate to see their families.

He said, “I want to go back to my family for Christmas. You are waiting for me. Every family waits for their husbands (currently in Manston). & # 39;

There are currently around 150 toilets available to drivers in Manston, according to Kent County Council. 70 additional toilets are due to arrive tomorrow morning

There are currently around 150 toilets available to drivers in Manston, according to Kent County Council. 70 additional toilets are due to arrive tomorrow morning

Water is also given to stranded drivers who were unable to leave the disused airfield, which has been converted into a huge parking lot

Water is also given to stranded drivers who were unable to leave the disused airfield, which has been converted into a huge parking lot

Kent County Council provides food and water to stranded truckers while they wait to drive home for Christmas

Kent County Council provides food and water to stranded truckers while they wait to drive home for Christmas

Up to 10,000 drivers are believed to be stuck in Kent while waiting for the French border to reopen after a travel ban

Up to 10,000 drivers are believed to be stuck in Kent while waiting for the French border to reopen after a travel ban

He told BBC Radio 4: “I would like to go home for Christmas. Right now it's a disaster because I can't go home. I have to come here to schedule a Covid test appointment.

The people at Manston Covid Test Center told me to go to Margate and the people at Margate told me to go back to Manston and I really don't know what to do. & # 39;

A Sikh charity in Kent is working with Khalsa Aid, who was 80 miles from Coventry, to deliver an additional 1,000 meals to truckers today after handing out dinner last night

A Sikh charity in Kent is working with Khalsa Aid, who was 80 miles from Coventry, to deliver an additional 1,000 meals to truckers today after handing out dinner last night

Driver comments follow 48 hours of chaos on the south coast of England.

The Kent Resilience Forum (KRF), which includes Kent Police, Kent County Council, Highways England and the Department of Transportation, said drivers stuck on the M20 will be provided with food and drink and that today after a driver yesterday more toilets to be delivered described the facilities at Dover as "not a pretty sight".

It states: “On the M20, Kent County Council will continue to ensure that drivers are supplied with snacks, drinking water and hot meals.

& # 39; Portable toilets were rolled out on Monday at intervals of 1 km between intersections 10a-11 and are cleaned regularly.

"Another 150 toilets are available to drivers in Manston, which also has trucks with hot food and water."

Another 70 toilets will arrive this morning at Manston Airport, which is being used as a makeshift truck park.

But industry bosses called the treatment of the stranded truckers "a shame".

Richard Burnett, General Manager of the Road Haulage Association, said, “They will give the drivers two liters of water every day. We have to make sure that the drivers have enough food and water. The Kent County Council gave granola bars yesterday morning which was not enough.

Drivers gather next to trucks parked at Manston International Airport after EU countries imposed a travel ban from the UK following coronavirus disease

Drivers gather next to trucks parked at Manston International Airport after EU countries imposed a travel ban from the UK following coronavirus disease

The Department of Transportation says there are currently 3,800 trucks parked at the disused Marston Airport

The Department of Transportation says there are currently 3,800 trucks parked at the disused Marston Airport

Up to 20 food trucks were due to arrive at Manston Airport this morning, but charities have fed many truckers

Up to 20 food trucks were due to arrive at Manston Airport this morning, but charities have fed many truckers

The drivers queued at a food stand at Manston International Airport, where their trucks were parked

The drivers queued at a food stand at Manston International Airport, where their trucks were parked

"The Sikh community was out with food stalls and the Salvation Army last night, but the government should have done so."

Burnett added that 20 take-out food trucks due to arrive at Manston Airport this morning had not yet arrived.

However, Polish truck driver Greg Baranski, 39, claimed there were only two food trucks available and drivers had to wait around two hours in the rain for a meal.

He's been waiting for two days at a disused Department for Transport-Run (DfT) airfield in Manston and is eager to return home.

He said: "The people here are from Romania, Lithuania, Spain, Portugal and we are all very angry and hungry," he said.

He added: “My situation is not nice. I've waited here for about two days and we don't know what will happen next.

“We are waiting for a test for coronavirus. If we are negative we can go to Dover and pass the canal and come back home.

“But it's too late now because Christmas comes after tomorrow. That means, it doesn't matter to us, now 100% of us can't make it home for Christmas.

& # 39; I am not happy. My family is waiting for me, but I will probably be home after Christmas. & # 39;

The Sikh charity KhalsaAid promised to offer truckers an additional 1,000 hot meals today. Meals were prepared with the help of volunteers from Guru Nanak Darbar Temple in Gravesend.

KhalsaAid founder Ravi Singh told the BBC, “Everyone works together. It's awful for (the drivers), there's nothing here – no food, no shops – it's like a prison for them. We can't sit back and do nothing. & # 39;

The Salvation Army has also worked with emergency services to assist a number of stranded truck drivers involved in severe traffic delays on the M20.

The group was asked by Kent County Council to assist the police in Operation Stack, which sees cargo vehicles parked along the carriageway due to delays in the Eurotunnel or in the canal ports due to Covid-19 restrictions.

A small team of staff and volunteers from the Kent Salvation Army base has prepared and delivered packaged meals to the Kent Police Department for distribution to drivers in need. Hundreds of lunches were provided for the stranded people.

Salvation Army's Territorial Emergency Response Officer Adrian Clee said, “Our emergency response teams are known to assist people in difficult times and are often called upon by emergency services to provide food, drink and assistance in major incidents. Salvation Army volunteers were delighted to roll up their sleeves to assist the drivers affected by the delays. & # 39;

Mr Burnett of the Road Haulage Association warned that truck queues on the M20 may not be cleared until Boxing Day, which would mean truckers will be stuck on the side of the road on December 25th.

Hundreds of angry truckers blocked the A299 at Manston Airport in Kent this morning over crowds

Hundreds of angry truckers blocked the A299 at Manston Airport in Kent this morning over crowds

Police are on site at the roadblock as local officials and protesters exchange angry words

Police are on site at the roadblock as local officials and protesters exchange angry words

The clash takes place amid mounting tensions at the makeshift camp as desperate truckers ask to be allowed home for Christmas

The clash takes place amid mounting tensions at the makeshift camp as desperate truckers ask to be allowed home for Christmas

The drivers put their hands in a stalemate with Kent Police officers as the situation worsens over Christmas

The drivers put their hands in a stalemate with Kent Police officers as the situation worsens over Christmas

He added, “I don't think there's a clear picture of how long it's going to take, but my guess after speaking with Grant Schapps is that it could be Boxing Day.

“Part of the problem is that the Eurotunnel has limited service and the ferries are likely to be ready tomorrow morning. The border police will not be working in France on Christmas Day.

“Given that the government has been trying to prepare for the transition in eight days, you would have expected these plans to be well rehearsed.

“It is an absolute shame that they are not well prepared at all. It's a scenario that could have happened in the event of a no-deal. & # 39;

He added that Manston Airport, the main test center for drivers, was overcrowded with trucks.

He said, “The current situation is that Manston is stuck and Brock and Stack are there. They try to do the cross flow tests, anything between 100 and 300 an hour. It's more likely to be the lower number than the higher number. & # 39;

Burnett also said tests are currently being conducted on the Dover access road for drivers who are queued outside the port.

Desperate truck drivers stranded in shift camps at Manston Airport in Kent have spoken out in favor of being able to go home for Christmas amid fears that the backlog will take days for drivers despite the introduction of rapid tests

Desperate truck drivers stranded in shift camps at Manston Airport in Kent have spoken out in favor of being able to go home for Christmas amid fears that the backlog will take days for drivers despite the introduction of rapid tests

The protests become physical as hundreds of angry drivers shut horns with police officers in Kent

The protests become physical as hundreds of angry drivers shut horns with police officers in Kent

Clashes are also taking place in the port of Dover this morning. The main UK port has been bogged down as drivers abandon their trucks to face the police guarding the border

Clashes are also taking place in the port of Dover this morning. The main UK port has been bogged down as drivers abandon their trucks to face the police guarding the border

Tensions in the port of Dover have increased as drivers clash with police over fear of not getting home in time for Christmas

Tensions in the port of Dover have increased as drivers clash with police over fear of not getting home in time for Christmas

Despite the rapid tests, there are fears that it will take days to clean up the backlog of hauliers stranded in port.

Around 50 foreign truckers, van drivers and workers who had been stranded in the port city of Kent for days walked up the blocked road that led to the harbor shouting, whistling and protesting.

They booed the police outside the port before a small number of officers urged them to break their lines.

A Romanian said in the pouring rain: “We have been here since Monday. We just want to go home! & # 39;

Another man was seen on his knees and wildly gestured to reopen the border.

Das Chaos setzte sich auf der Autobahn M20 in Richtung Dover fort, wo die Straßen blockiert waren. Wohnstraßen bis zu drei Meilen vom Hafen entfernt standen heute um 9 Uhr morgens nach der Wiedereröffnung der Grenze still.

Die Polizei von Kent sagte in einer Erklärung: „Die Polizei von Kent erhielt am Morgen des 23. Dezember 2020 Berichte über Störungen, an denen Personen sowohl in Dover als auch in der von DfT geführten LKW-Halteeinrichtung in Manston beteiligt waren, die hoffen, den Kanal zu überqueren.

Ein Mann wurde verhaftet, weil er eine Autobahn in Dover blockiert hat, und bleibt in Haft.

Bis zu 10.000 Fahrer sind in das Chaos um Kent geraten, das durch das französische Reiseverbot verursacht wurde. Fahrer dürfen nur dann nach Europa einreisen, wenn sie einen negativen Covid-Test vorlegen können

Als Operation Stack seinen dritten Tag erreicht, herrscht in Kent Chaos, da LKW-Fahrer zum Manston Airfield geleitet werden, wo eine Covid-Teststation für die Trucker eingerichtet wurde. Den Fahrern wird jedoch jetzt die Einreise verweigert, da die Baustelle voll ist und sie werden aufgefordert, zur M20 zurückzukehren, wo eine weitere Testanlage in Betrieb sein wird

Als Operation Stack seinen dritten Tag erreicht, herrscht in Kent Chaos, da LKW-Fahrer zum Manston Airfield geleitet werden, wo eine Covid-Teststation für die Trucker eingerichtet wurde. Den Fahrern wird jedoch jetzt die Einreise verweigert, da die Baustelle voll ist und sie werden aufgefordert, zur M20 zurückzukehren, wo eine weitere Testanlage in Betrieb sein wird

Den Truckern bleibt nichts anderes übrig, als auf einen Covid-Test zu warten, in der Hoffnung, dass sie nach Frankreich fahren und nach Hause zurückkehren können

Den Truckern bleibt nichts anderes übrig, als auf einen Covid-Test zu warten, in der Hoffnung, dass sie nach Frankreich fahren und nach Hause zurückkehren können

Der Lkw-Rückstand hat in Kent zu einem Stillstand auf den Straßen geführt. Bislang könnten bis zu 10.000 Lkw-Fahrer in Kent gestrandet sein

Der Lkw-Rückstand hat in Kent zu einem Stillstand auf den Straßen geführt. Bislang könnten bis zu 10.000 Lkw-Fahrer in Kent gestrandet sein

Die Beamten vor Ort an beiden Standorten arbeiten mit Partneragenturen zusammen, um sicherzustellen, dass diejenigen, die auf den Kontinent reisen möchten, die neuesten Reiseanforderungen der Regierung in Bezug auf Covid-Tests einhalten.

Die Beamten vor Ort an beiden Standorten arbeiten mit Partneragenturen zusammen, um sicherzustellen, dass diejenigen, die auf den Kontinent reisen möchten, die neuesten Reiseanforderungen der Regierung in Bezug auf Covid-Tests einhalten.

"Die Polizei von Kent arbeitet weiterhin mit Partneragenturen zusammen, um sicherzustellen, dass diejenigen, die den Kanal überqueren möchten, über die neuesten Verfahren und Anforderungen informiert werden."

In ihrer Verzweiflung versuchen einige Fahrer, im Hafen von Dover gefälschte negative Covid-Testergebnisse zu präsentieren.

Ein Polizist am Tatort sagte: „Ich verstehe, warum sie wütend sind, aber sie richten ihre Wut auf uns, wenn die französischen Behörden die Regeln festlegen.

'Sie bestehen darauf, dass nur Leute durchkommen können, die auf Covid-19 negativ getestet wurden. Viele dieser Fahrer winken mit gefälschten Testblättern. & # 39;

Die verzweifelten und wütenden Szenen bilden einen scharfen Kontrast zu denen, die gestern beobachtet wurden, als die Fahrer versuchten, die Stimmung hoch zu halten.

Ein Fahrer goss Wein in Pappbecher, bevor er ihn seinen Freunden servierte, während eine andere Gruppe einen Wodka und Cola um einen kleinen Weihnachtsbaum genoss, der mit gebrauchten Getränkedosen geschmückt war.

Andere versuchten auch, das Reisechaos in Kauf zu nehmen. Ein türkischer Fernfahrer, der von der Massenstörung um ihn herum scheinbar unbeeindruckt zu sein schien, wurde an einem Kent-Truck-Stop an der M20 in einem mediterranen Frühstück gesehen.

Auf der Autobahn M20 haben sich im Rahmen der Operation Stack lange Warteschlangen gebildet, während der Hafen von Dover im Süden Englands in der Nähe des Kanaltunnels und von Dover geschlossen bleibt

Long queues have formed on the M20 motorway as part of Operation Stack whilst the Port of Dover remains closed, in southern England near the Channel Tunnel and Dover

Waiting drivers are desperate to get home for Christmas where drivers say their 'families are waiting'

Waiting drivers are desperate to get home for Christmas where drivers say their 'families are waiting'

PCR vs. Lateral Flow Covid Tests: Chaos as Britain and France clash over the type of tests used for truckers

The French government had previously demanded that any travellers from the UK, including truckers, take PCR tests before arriving in the country, which can take up to three days to return a result. The UK, meanwhile, insisted on quicker lateral flow tests. A statement tonight confirmed either a PCR or lateral flow test sensitive to the new variant will suffice, though the EU recommends rapid tests should be used to avoid disruption to cargo flows.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PCR TEST AND A LATERAL FLOW?

A PCR test can cost up to £ 180 per person with the swab being processed in a laboratory.

The UK, on ​​the other hand, prefers faster tests that are not done in the laboratory and give a result within 15 minutes.

These rapid coronavirus tests, so-called lateral flow tests, can be carried out on site using portable devices.

They are faster and cheaper than the laboratory-based PCR tests that the government uses to diagnose people, but are less accurate.

LATERAL FLOW TESTS ARE FAST – BUT CAN Sacrifice ACCURACY

A lateral flow test uses a swab to take a sample from the person's nose or throat and then process it in a small machine that tries to detect the coronavirus by mixing the sample with something that the virus has would react.

If there is a reaction in the mixture, it suggests that the person is carrying coronavirus. If not, you will get a negative result. This process can be completed in just 15 minutes.

You take your own swab with you, although a specialist will process it through the machine on site.

However, since people often collect the swabs themselves, the accuracy of the test may be affected because they may not push the swab deep enough to obtain enough samples.

The results of the studies varied widely, showing that the tests performed better when the swabs were done by trained medical professionals and worse when people did them themselves.

PCR tests can take several days to produce results – but they are more accurate

These lateral flow tests are different from the gold standard PCR test, scientifically known as the polymerase chain reaction test.

A swab is also used in PCR testing, but it is processed using high-tech laboratory equipment to analyze the genetic sequence of the sample and determine if any of them match the genes of the coronavirus.

This is a much longer and more expensive process that involves multiple types of trained personnel. The analysis process can take hours, with the entire process from swab to receiving the result taking days.

However, it is much more accurate. Under ideal conditions, the tests detect the virus with almost 100 percent accuracy, although this is closer to 70 percent in the real world.

This is comparable to a much lower sensitivity in lateral flow tests. One type of study used in Liverpool suggests that around 50 percent of people who would test positive with PCR would go missing.

WHAT'S THE ADVANTAGE OF THE LATERAL FLOW TEST?

Extreme accuracy can be a disadvantage for PCR because so many people have been infected. However, the tests can detect bits of virus in people who recovered weeks ago and are no longer infectious, which can result in them needing to isolate themselves unnecessarily.

Side flow tests are more likely to miss people carrying the virus, but experts say they have value in weeding out people carrying large amounts of the virus and therefore most likely to spread the disease.

The Smart Clinic, in London, charges clients £195 for a PCR test with independent lab testing. Pall Mall medical charges £129 for the same test.

Another cooked breakfast from the back of his lorry. One driver was also spotted hanging out clothes and towels to dry on the front of his lorry.

Other furious French drivers blamed Emmanuel Macron for the chaos at Dover after his travel ban left hundreds stranded in the UK.

One French apple grower cried 'Macron, merde! Let me come home,' as she anxiously awaited news on plans to lift the cross-Channel travel ban

But she and hundreds of others like her today remain stranded in the Kent port town.

Industry experts estimate that more than 10,000 lorries are being held up by the French travel ban which has caused gridlock at the port of Dover.

Photos showed thousands of lorries parked at the disused Manston Airfield – which was previously reserved for a No Deal Brexit.

Some fear not being able to return to their families in time for Christmas, while others have bemoaned the toilet situation for stranded drivers – with one saying 'they are not a pretty sight'.

France's decision to ban both cargo and passenger travel surprised number 10 among some officials and ministers with the view that Mr Macron is trying to use the situation as a lever in the Brexit talks.

A transportation source told The Times that Downing Street was "glowing white" when the ban was announced.

But with Highways England warning that delays could last several days, some lorry drivers fear the prospect of missing Christmas with their families.

Ovidiu Badoiu, 47, a Romanian lorry driver who drove to Britain at the weekend to deliver a stock of fans to a factory in Telford, Shropshire, has been stuck in Dover since Monday.

He said: 'It's really difficult, I picked up my load in Romania and took it to the destination in the Midlands on Sunday and came down to Dover the following day where I've spent the last two nights sleeping in my lorry.

'There are no toilets here, nowhere to get washed. I live in Valencia in Spain and just want to get back to my wife in time for Christmas.

'I think the French are being over the top about this, why are they not letting the lorries through?

'Hardly any of us are stopping in France, just travelling through it on to other destinations.'

One lorry driver told BBC Radio Four yesterday: 'I feel bad, really bad, terrible in fact.

"We didn't know anything, we don't know if we could come home to see our families for Christmas."

Speaking of plans to test truck drivers before they return, he said, “It will be fine, but maybe there are 1,000 to 1,500 trucks in Dover.

"If they are doing tests here it might be a good idea, but they have to start now to get to Christmas Eve."

& # 39; There are no words to describe this. I came on Sunday and on Sunday they decided to close it.

"If I had known that the day before, I would never have come here."

Lorry driver Caspar Pecherzewski, from Poland, is also among the lorry drivers caught up in queues at Dover since Sunday.

The 22-year-old said: 'We can find a toilet, at a gas station or something, but we don't have showers and stuff.

'No one is saying anything about how long we will be here. The police just told us to wait.

'I think I won't be getting paid while waiting here and my company don't know what to say because they don't know what to do, the ports are closed.'

He added: 'We're stuck here and we don't know how long it will take, this situation. It's really f***** up.'

Der 43-jährige Trucker Elvis Abdulcair hat in seinem Van eine Lieferung voller Weihnachtskarten und Geschenke aus England nach Rumänien.

Er befürchtet, dass sie nicht rechtzeitig für den großen Tag am 25. Dezember geliefert werden.

Herr Abdulcair, der mit dem ebenfalls 43-jährigen Kollegen Daniel Dragomir fährt, sagte: „Ich fühle mich wie ein Weihnachtsmann ohne Rentiere. Mein Schlitten ist geerdet.

„Es ist sehr schlimm, weil all diese Leute ihre Karten und Geschenke nicht rechtzeitig zu Weihnachten von ihrer Familie bekommen werden.

'Die französische Regierung ist s ***. Sie haben es für alle ruiniert. Und wofür?

„Ich bin jetzt seit zwei Tagen hier und weiß nicht, wie lange es noch dauern wird. I just want to go home.'

Greg Mazurek, 36, and Simon Kopanearz, 30, have been stuck near the front of the queue outside the Port since 1pm on Monday.

Mr Mazurek was less than impressed at the toilet situation. He said: 'The bigger problem is the toilets in the city centre as there is a lot of drivers having to use them. It is not a pretty sight.'

In addition to European drivers, British hauliers are also facing problems due to the travel ban.

Attempting to keep spirits high, one driver was today seen pouring wine into cardboard drink cups before serving it to his friends

Attempting to keep spirits high, one driver was today seen pouring wine into cardboard drink cups before serving it to his friends

Another group of Romanian lorry drivers, enjoyed a vodka and Coke, wine and beers around a small Christmas tree decked with used drinks cans

Another group of Romanian lorry drivers, enjoyed a vodka and Coke, wine and beers around a small Christmas tree decked with used drinks cans

As the chaos ensued around him, with huge queues of lorries on the M20, one resourceful Turkish long-haul truck driver (pictured) enjoyed a Mediterranean breakfast on the side of the motorway

As the chaos ensued around him, with huge queues of lorries on the M20, one resourceful Turkish long-haul truck driver (pictured) enjoyed a Mediterranean breakfast on the side of the motorway

He and his fellow truck driver sat down to breakfast at a truck stop off the M20 motorway, which leads to the Port of Dover

He and his fellow truck driver sat down to breakfast at a truck stop off the M20 motorway, which leads to the Port of Dover

Another lorry driver, trapped waiting to be allowed back to France, was spotted hanging clothes and towels to dry on the front of his lorry

Another lorry driver, trapped waiting to be allowed back to France, was spotted hanging clothes and towels to dry on the front of his lorry

A freight driver prepares his breakfast in the back of his lorry after spending the night in the queue of trucks on the M20 motorway in Kent

A freight driver prepares his breakfast in the back of his lorry after spending the night in the queue of trucks on the M20 motorway in Kent

Truck driver Janke from Poland poses with his cooking apparatus set up in the back of his van, whilst the Port of Dover remains closed, in Dover, southern England

Truck driver Janke from Poland poses with his cooking apparatus set up in the back of his van, whilst the Port of Dover remains closed, in Dover, southern England

It is believed that up to 1,500 trucks will be waiting to cross the border when the 48-hour restrictions are lifted. France's ban, introduced after the identification of a new Covid-19 strain in the UK, is set to end at 11pm tonight. In the picture: the Polish truck driver Marcin Pastok

It is believed that up to 1,500 trucks will be waiting to cross the border when the 48-hour restrictions are lifted. France's ban, introduced after the identification of a new Covid-19 strain in the UK, is set to end at 11pm tonight. In the picture: the Polish truck driver Marcin Pastok

A man who brought food for the lorry drivers at Manston Airport, Kent, speaks to media after being refused permission to deliver the supplies to lorry drivers who have been parked at the site as part of Operation Brock after the Port of Dover was closed

A man who brought food for the lorry drivers at Manston Airport, Kent, speaks to media after being refused permission to deliver the supplies to lorry drivers who have been parked at the site as part of Operation Brock after the Port of Dover was closed

With talks ongoing today about a possible border testing program, some truckers fear missing out on the prospect of missing out on Christmas with their families. Pictured: Queue cars parked on the M20 en route to Dover

With talks ongoing today about a possible border testing program, some truckers fear missing out on the prospect of missing out on Christmas with their families. Pictured: Queue cars parked on the M20 en route to Dover

Truck driver Geoff Moxham could miss his first Christmas at home in 45 years after France closed its borders with Great Britain

Truck driver Geoff Moxham could miss his first Christmas at home in 45 years after France closed its borders with Great Britain

Truck driver Geoff Moxham could miss his first Christmas at home in 45 years after France closed its borders with Great Britain.

The Cheltenham grandfather didn't realize he was on the last ferry from Dover until he started speaking to a French agent who asked him how he was going to get home.

Instead of putting their feet up on Christmas Eve, the four-headed faces get stuck with thousands of other drivers at the side of the road or take the highway home.

He said, "I was 66 yesterday and spent my birthday on the road. I have no plans to do the same for Christmas."

"I haven't missed a Christmas home in 45 years, so I'll be there even if I have to get a boat."

Truck driver Frank could have officially retired on Sunday on his 66th birthday.

Instead, he delivered heavy machinery to Charles Russell Transport in Deerhurst, Germany, and drove to the Calais ferry at around 6pm on Sunday.

'I was on the last ferry leaving the UK but I didn't know until one of the French crew members I know wished me luck getting home.

Pictures showed workers in green jackets handing out bottles of water today. Kent County Council has been handing out cereal bars to stuck truckers

Pictures showed workers in green jackets handing out bottles of water today. Kent County Council has been handing out cereal bars to stuck truckers

Drivers of freight lorries and heavy goods vehicles are illuminated by the lights inside their cabs as they are parked at a truck stop off the M20 leading to Dover

Drivers of freight lorries and heavy goods vehicles are illuminated by the lights inside their cabs as they are parked at a truck stop off the M20 leading to Dover

Drivers of freight lorries and heavy goods vehicles are illuminated by the lights inside their cabs as they are parked at a truck stop off the M20 leading to Dover

Drivers of freight lorries and heavy goods vehicles are illuminated by the lights inside their cabs as they are parked at a truck stop off the M20 leading to Dover

It comes after Dover was plunged into a second night of chaos with up to 1,500 lorries now filling the motorway, side streets and laybys in the Kent town following the travel ban

It comes after Dover was plunged into a second night of chaos with up to 1,500 lorries now filling the motorway, side streets and laybys in the Kent town following the travel ban

When I asked what he meant he said they were all going to quit their jobs and there would be no more transport to the UK. I was completely surprised. I couldn't believe it. There were no announcements and no one had said anything until then. & # 39;

However, he remains determined to make it home for Christmas.

He said, “I've been married for 44 years and have four daughters and 12 grandchildren, so we usually have big family Christmases. I don't know what happening this year but my wife just called and asked if I can pick up some fresh vegetables on the way back.'

Laszlo Baliga, who was yesterday delivering food and water to those parked on Manston Airport runway, said one driver had told him the only toilet on the site was blocked.

'No water and no toilet now – there is one toilet, but it is now blocked,' the 51-year-old told the PA news agency.

Mr Baliga, from London, who himself is a lorry driver, said he began taking supplies to the disused airfield after Hungarian drivers posted on Facebook asking for help.

'We have taken money from friends and gone to Asda, Tesco,' he said. 'This is our third time, we have already brought ready-to-eat sausages, bread, tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, coffee. Basic foods for now for the drivers.'

He said he and others have spent more than £500 on food and water for drivers inside the site.

'When we see Hungarian drivers coming in we say stop, and the drivers take the things into the other side to give to everybody,' he said. 'We like to help because this is a difficult time.'

Pictures previously showed workers in green jackets handing out bottles of water. Kent County Council also handed out cereal bars to stuck truckers.

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