The UK will launch a new coronavirus testing system for travelers arriving from countries at high risk on December 15. According to information published on Tuesday on the website of the British government, the period of mandatory self-isolation for passengers from these regions will be reduced from two weeks to five days in case of a negative test result.
“Transport Minister Grant Shapps announced today (24 November 2020) that from 15 December 2020, passengers arriving in England from countries not included in the government’s [territories with which] tourist corridors are listed will be able to take the [coronavirus] test. after five days of self-isolation, and a negative result will cancel the need for [further] isolation, “the authorities said in a statement.
The need to isolate for five days instead of being tested on arrival, the Kingdom’s government explained by the higher accuracy of the test in the first case: “This allows the virus, if present, to go through an incubation period, which helps reduce the likelihood of a false negative.”
On Monday, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson announced the end of the national quarantine on December 2 in England, which is home to 84% of Britain’s population. The leadership of the rest of the administrative and political parts of the state — Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland — itself determines the set of sanitary and epidemiological measures, which is generally comparable to the English.