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The UK May Introduce Mandatory Tests For Coronavirus At Airports

The UK May Introduce Mandatory Tests For Coronavirus At Airports

The UK authorities are considering the possibility of testing people arriving in the country by air, so as to abandon the 14-day mandatory quarantine for all travelers introduced on June 8, according to The Times.

According to her, next month, one of the major British airports will begin testing a new system, when all arriving passengers will be swabbed for coronavirus when passing border control. As expected, the results of the test, which will be conducted by a private company, should be ready within 7-24 hours, and you can find out them online. It is assumed that people whose analysis does not confirm the presence of infection will be released from the need to spend two weeks in quarantine.

It is not known how much such an analysis will cost. It is also not clear whether passengers will be charged for it, or whether the government or airlines will take it on. Air carriers have previously actively opposed mandatory quarantine, pointing out that it puts an end to their plans to restore traffic volumes.

Earlier, the Daily Telegraph reported on another option to ease the quarantine for those arriving in the country. The publication informed that on June 29, Prime Minister Boris Johnson may announce the organization of so-called air bridges with a small number of States from July 4. We can talk about the most popular summer vacation destinations for the British - Spain, France, Greece, and Portugal.

On May 13, the first phase of easing the quarantine began in the UK, and on June 1 - the second. Schools were partially reopened, some shops and markets were opened, and people were allowed to meet in groups of no more than six people, but only in the open air. On June 15, most non-food stores opened, as well as zoos and movie theaters for motorists.

According to the latest data from the Ministry of Health of the UK, the number of cases of infection with a new type of coronavirus in the country exceeded 301 thousand, and the number of deaths - 42.4 thousand.