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Coronavirus live: Boris Johnson holds Covid briefing as talks with France on freight ban continue

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Boris Johnson says he had an “excellent” conversation with the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and said he was keen to get the situation at Dover sorted out “in a few hours” if it was possible.

There were about 500 lorries queuing at the motorway in Kent last night, but that’s now down to around 170, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, said.

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