Covid: Travel firms call for removal of testing rules
Covid-19 / Wed 5th Jan 2022 am31 08:07am
TRAVEL industry groups have called for all remaining Covid restrictions on travellers to be removed in the latest government review reports the BBC.
With data last week suggesting one in 25 people in the UK currently had the virus, airlines say passenger testing is having no real impact.
It is thought ministers are finalising changes to guidance on Covid testing.
The travel industry said compulsory testing for UK arrivals and departures had held back the sector’s recovery.
The BBC understands the government is discussing the removal of advice that people who test positive on a lateral flow device should seek a confirmatory PCR test.
The prime minister will meet his cabinet later and urge them to back his decision not to impose any further Covid restrictions in England.
On Tuesday, Boris Johnson said he hoped the country could “ride out” the current wave, although he acknowledged parts of the NHS would feel temporarily overwhelmed.
The government has said it continued to “keep all measures under review”.
The full report is below.