British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday the British government would drop mandatory coronavirus testing for people arriving in Britain, as he continues to lift restrictions amid a decline in infections. .
The Government now requires Britons and other nationals arriving in the UK from most countries to take a side-flow test for Covid-19 within two days.
Johnson, who last week announced the easing of most restrictions in the country after several weeks of falling case rates, noted that the change would only apply to people who are fully immunized.
He told reporters during a hospital visit: “To show that this country is open for business, open to tourists, you’re going to see changes so that people who come in no longer have to go through the tests. tested if they have been vaccinated.
Johnson did not specify a date for the change. He noted that this will only apply to arrivals who have been “dual vaccinated”.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps will update parliament with more details of the change on Monday.
The UK government sets only England’s health policy, while the established governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland administer their own rules.
Johnson earlier this month scrapped the requirement that people arriving in the UK be tested and quarantined before departure until they have tested negative.
That was mandated last month after Britain saw a new uptick in cases due to the emergence of the Omicron variant in late November.
Announcing the easing of rules, Johnson said stress has now become so pervasive that increased testing measures on arrivals are having a “limited impact” on infections while imposes “significant costs to our tourism industry”.
The UK, one of the countries hardest hit in Europe by the pandemic with the number of deaths from the virus approaching 154,000, has seen the number of new cases fall significantly from the previous level. daily record at the end of last month.
But some have criticized the easing of many curbs too quickly, warning that it could lead to a resurgence in cases and questioning whether Johnson made the change for political reasons.
The leader has been mired in scandals for weeks, leading to numerous calls for him to step down, including from within his ruling Conservative party.
Many Tory lawmakers are growing increasingly bored with the Covid-19 rules, with nearly 100 ranks torn down last month and protesting Johnson’s ramping up of some restrictions before Christmas.
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