United Kingdom to start rapid COVID-19 tests at Heathrow on Tuesday

20 Octobre, 2020, 22:14 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • UK to start one-hour COVID-19 tests at airport: Report

Passengers travelling to Hong Kong and Italy from Britain's Heathrow Airport will undergo a one-hour coronavirus test before flying out of the United Kingdom under plans to open up worldwide travel, The Times newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Heathrow Airport did not immediately respond when contacted by Reuters.

The facilities are then anticipated to expand, offering antigen tests in the coming weeks.

The COVID-19 test will provide results more quickly than those used by Britain's state-run National Health Service, according to the Heathrow test providers - aviation services company Collinson and logistics firm Swissport.

Testing facilities will be open for an initial four weeks.

The announcement follows the launch of Collinson and Swissport's test-on-arrival facility at Heathrow in August, which is still sitting empty as it has yet to gain Government approval for use.

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"Ultimately, we need a common worldwide standard for pre-departure testing, and we welcome the UK Government's recent announcement that it wants to take a global lead in establishing this".

However the British government last week removed Italy from its travel corridor list, meaning travellers from the country have to quarantine on entering the UK.

Cathay Pacific, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airlines all fly routes that now require pre-departure tests.

New British Airways chief executive Sean Doyle on Monday urged the United Kingdom government to end the quarantining of passengers arriving from overseas in order to boost tourism and kick-start economic growth.

Earlier this month, the Government unveiled a task force to develop a coronavirus testing system as a potential way of easing quarantine restrictions for arriving passengers.

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