ministers urged to cap the costs of “scam” of PCR tests because “the traffic light system should be abandoned” – .

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ministers urged to cap the costs of “scam” of PCR tests because “the traffic light system should be abandoned” – .


TThe government has been asked to cap the price of Covid tests for travel following analysis which showed many companies were charging over £ 200 for a PCR test.

Analysis of the list of providers who meet minimum testing standards on the government website, by the Liberal Democrats, shows that only 11% of providers offered testing for less than £ 50, the cheapest prices ranging from £ 20. Some 24 percent of providers charged more than £ 200.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid has asked the competition watchdog to investigate the travel PCR testing market in response to concerns about the cost to families traveling abroad.
It comes as the former head of the government’s vaccine task force said the traffic light system for overseas travel should be scrapped.
Clive Dix, acting chairman of the January-April task force, told the Telegraph that the complicated system should be replaced with a single list of red countries.

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