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Government developing ‘test and release regime’ for international arrivals

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
19th Oct 20 1:41 pm

The government are developing “test and release regime” for international arrivals as “quarantine is not the solution.”

This comes after the new chief of British Airways Sean Doyle told the Airlines 2050 summit of industry leaders, that “we do not believe quarantine is the solution”.

He said: “We believe the best way to reassure people is to introduce a reliable and affordable test before flying.

“For the UK, this approach reduces the stress on the NHS testing systems within the UK and on policing the quarantine system.

“If we look abroad to our near neighbours, we see that business travel and indeed tourism is being prioritised by some countries.

“We need to get the economy moving again and this just isn’t possible when you’re asking people to quarantine for 14 days.

“It’s our view that even if that quarantine period is reduced to seven days, people won’t travel here, and the UK will get left behind.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the Airlines 2050 conference that the government are currently developing a coronavirus “test and release regime” for international arrivals.

Shapps said, “My ministerial colleagues and I have agreed a regime, based on a single test provided by the private sector and at the cost to the passenger, after a period of self-isolation and doing those things could achieve our objectives.

“The next step is to develop how this approach can be implemented.”

He added, “It will mean a single test for international arrivals, a week after arrival.”

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