A coronavirus testing system for arrivals in the UK is expected to be introduced this month as part of plans to halve the existing 14-day quarantine for people from ‘high-risk’ countries.
Grant Shapps, the transportation secretary, is expected to announce details of a trial test program on Thursday as part of proposals to launch international travel.
The move comes after concerns mounted yesterday that arrivals to the UK from Italy, mainland Greece and Sweden would be the next to be affected by quarantine measures this week. Italy is one of the most popular countries that the British can still visit without being forced into isolation on their return. The country has, however, recorded 25.6 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 people in the past week: above the UK government’s threshold