Thursday, January 6, 2022 – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday that pre-departure testing of people traveling to the UK will no longer be required as restrictions aimed at containing the international spread of the highly contagious variant Omicron are now in place. Does not make sense.
The change should come as welcome news for people who have refrained from traveling abroad for fear of being stuck in a foreign country.
Johnson also announced measures to relax testing rules for its citizens.
From January 11, British residents who have not shown symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19 using a rapid test will no longer need to confirm this with a follow-up PCR test, the UK’s Health Security Agency said. This will likely reduce the time for self-isolation.
“While COVID cases continue to rise, this tried and tested approach means that LFDs [lateral flow devices, or rapid tests] It can be used with confidence to indicate COVID-19 infection without the need for PCR confirmation,” Jenny Harris, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said in a statement.
“All of these measures are balanced and proportionate ways to ensure that we can live with COVID without letting our guard down,” Johnson told lawmakers on Wednesday.
The change in testing requirements will mean that authorities have less data on the prevalence of different variants because PCR swabs are used to identify variants through genotyping and sequencing.
But John Edmonds, a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told News agency That move made sense, although daily updates “may need more careful explanation”.
Edmunds explained, “When prevalence is high, and it is incredibly high at the moment, almost everyone with a lateral flow test will be true positive.” A move that not only wastes time but also costs a lot of money and consumes lab resources that could be better used elsewhere. “
Johnson has resisted calls from opposition politicians and some public health experts to tighten restrictions on business and personal interactions AP mentioned.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 infection has led to staff shortages across the UK, halting some non-urgent surgeries in some hospitals, and curtailing training and litter services.
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Posted Jan 2022