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Health Secretary hints end of PCR coronavirus testing for travel

LONDON (Bywire News) – On Tuesday, Health Secretary, Sajid Javid said that international travellers will no longer have to pay the costly price for PCR COVID-19 tests in order to enter the country. Instead, the government has decided to settle for cheaper later-flow tests.

When questioned by a lawmaker if lateral flow tests are suitable for initial screening, with a small portion of positive tests requiring further PCR testing, Javid said, “I don’t want to pre-empt the statement of my right honourable friend the transport secretary but I believe when he makes that statement that my honourable friend will be pleased.”

On Sunday, Javid claimed he wants to “get rid of” PCR testing as soon as possible.

Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, is set to give an update on transportation rules later this week.

Heathrow airport, on Monday, pressured the government to change its travel restrictions to help recover the travel industry.

(Reporting by Paul Sandle, editing Klaudia Fior)

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