Airport coronavirus testing options should be explored as a way to reduce the number of tourists who have to spend two weeks apart, Labor says
The team said a review of “chaotic” segregation regulations should consider a “strong testing system” given the “terrible warning” of the travel industry.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said airport tests could only identify% of cases and give it a “misconception of safety”.
A government spokesman said an assessment of how the test could help was ongoing.
“Any potential change in testing for newcomers needs to be strengthened to reduce the chances of being missed in a positive case,” he said.
The cabinet’s decision to introduce airport tests to the BBC has been repeatedly postponed and has now been told it could never happen.
People entering the UK face a 14-day self-exclusion unless they travel from the exempt countries – a state determined by the individual authorities of each of the four countries.
In recent weeks, the British, who have been on holiday in France, Spain and the Netherlands, have been caught removing the waiver on short notice.
Last week, Scotland and Wales announced segregation of arrivals from parts of Portugal and Greece, while England and Northern Ireland were closed.
UK Transport Secretary Grant Shunts admits it has created a “confusing” situation for passengers.
And in a letter to Home Secretary Preeti Patel, Labor argued that these measures were “losing public confidence and undermining our ability to keep people safe and save jobs”.
Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds has called for a reconsideration of the report within a fortnight.
“This should include stronger testing systems at airports and related follow-up tests, which could help safely reduce the need for 14-day separate measures,” he wrote.
“Considering the huge challenge that the travel sector and the amount of job losses are facing, it makes sense to look at this region as part of a broader package of improvements to the testing system.”
He added that “serious concerns” have been placed on incoming travelers, claiming that “less than a third of the passenger-man forms have been checked”.
Airlines have criticized the use of constitutional provisions at a time when lockdown has played a role in reducing passenger demand around the world.
On Friday, Virgin Atlantis announced plans to create 1,150 more jobs, ending a ২ 1.2 billion rescue deal just months after 3,150 returns due to declining demand caused by the Atlantic epidemic.
Airport officials have also criticized the ministers.
Chief executive John Holland-Kay said last week that testing facilities had already been set up at London’s Heathrow Airport.
“It’s frustrating that when governments in other European countries are starting to work and it’s happening, the government hasn’t decided to work on it,” he added.
France and Germany are using tests at airports for passengers arriving from countries with higher infection rates.
And, on Friday, former Brexit secretary David Davis said checking at UK airports – giving passengers results within two hours – could cut “less than five days” quarantine.
“If anyone is positive, they should be segregated immediately,” he argued, arguing that the government could rent them to usable airport hotels.
However the Prime Minister responded by pointing to the modeling of public health England that only %% cases would be chosen.
When he realized that the “problem” the airline was facing, Mr Johnson said, “93% of you may have a false sense of security, a false sense of confidence when you arrive and take the test.”
He added, “The quarantine system we’ve got has become an important part of our reporter, our toolbox, in the fight against covid.”
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