UK scrapping Covid tests for some travelers — Analysis

Boris Johnson praised his government for making ‘big calls’ and taking ‘tough decisions’

Boris Johnson, British Prime Minster has announced that travelers who have been fully vaccinated will not be required to take Covid-19 tests upon their arrival in England.

Speaking to the media on Monday, Johnson said he wanted to show “This country is available for travel and business.

You will see changes so that people arriving no longer have to take tests … if they have been double-vaccinated,” the PM said during a visit to Milton Keynes University Hospital, in Buckinghamshire.

Johnson, who has recently found himself on the verge of losing the top job in the wake of the ‘Partygate’ scandal, said that, thanks to his government’s “The toughest decisions” and “big calls,” the UK had become “The most open society and economy in Europe.

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The PM didn’t specify when the changes would take effect and did not give any further information. Grant Shapps (Transport Secretary) will make a statement Monday.

At present, on arrival in England, fully vaccinated travelers are required to take a lateral flow test before the end of day two, while unvaccinated people and those administered jabs that are not approved by the British authorities have to take two PCR tests – one on day two and the other on day eight – and undergo hotel quarantine.

Johnson faces growing criticism from his peers in the opposition party and MPs for his involvement in or knowledge of illegal Downing Street staff parties, at the heights of the 2020 Covid lockdowns.

He announced in the aftermath of the scandal that nearly all Covid restrictions would have to be removed from England. This included mandatory mask-wearing, work-from-home advice, and compulsory mask-wearing. Sue Gray, a senior civil servant has been charged to conduct an inquiry and will publish her report next week.

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