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Britain reintroduces mandatory pre-arrival testing

Britain reintroduces mandatory pre-arrival testing

05. 12. 2021 12:39 | London / Tasr

The reason is to prevent the spread of Omigran.

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The British government has announced it will tighten travel restrictions to prevent the spread of the new corona virus variant Omigron. According to Sky News, all travelers from abroad must check the cove before leaving for the UK.

From Tuesday, December 7, the measure will apply to all travelers over the age of 12 who wish to return to the country or return from vacation, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated. Health Minister Sajid Javed said the tests should be completed 48 hours before the trip.

According to the minister, “the number of cases (infections) related to travel is increasing”. Javid said there are currently 160 confirmed Omigran infections in the UK, of which 130 are in the UK. On Friday, there were a total of 134 cases.

In addition, Nigeria will be added to the British list of “red” countries from Monday, according to Javid, adding that they have so far added the second highest number of Omigron cases after the Republic of South Africa (JAR). From the countries on this list, only its citizens or permanent residents can come to the UK, after which they must stay in a designated “isolated” hotel for ten days.


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In the United Kingdom, travel rules are the responsibility of the governments of its own constitutional countries, however, it introduces the same measures as the London government in deciding the rules for the UK. According to Sky News, Scotland has already announced the same requirements for passenger testing.

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According to a new analysis, the British Ministry of Health explained on Saturday that “the time between infection and infection is shorter with the Omigron variant.” The compact incubation period, according to the resort, supports the need for pre-departure testing.

On Saturday (December 4), British authorities announced 42,848 new cases and 127 deaths. With more than 145,000 deaths from COVID, the UK is the second most infected country in Europe after Russia, according to the AP agency.