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Border Force intercepts 52 migrants trying to reach the UK in a single day


At least 52 migrants, including five children were intercepted by the UK Border Force travelling across the Dover straits in four inflatable boats, the Home Office confirmed late on Thursday.

Despite the latest batch of successful crossings, the Home Office has again denied the coronavirus crisis has had an impact on its operational response to the issue.

The 52 individuals intercepted on Thursday presented as Iraqi, Iranian and Afghan nationals, and were brought ashore at Dover.

The latest crossings come as French authorities confirm that two cases of Covid-19 have been identified in the Calais migrant community.

The Calais Prefecture said the individuals were taken into isolation and that around 20 places have been reserved for migrants who may contract coronavirus.