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The cost of Covid travel tests for people arriving from overseas to the UK must be reduced as part of plans to make it easier for Britons to vacation, the Department of Health and Welfare has said.
Testing for travelers returning from Green List countries or Amber List countries if they are fully vaccinated should be reduced from £ 88 to £ 68.
Meanwhile, the cost for people arriving from Amber List countries who are not fully vaccinated is expected to drop from £ 170 to £ 136 for two tests.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he wanted to protect travelers from “exploitative practices” by warning of the possibility of private testing companies “cheating” the public.
“Too many providers are acting like cowboys and it must stop. The public should be allowed to enjoy their summer vacation without facing excessive costs or anxiety, ”Mr. Javid said.
Australia’s most populous state reports record Covid cases daily
Australia’s most populous state reported a daily record of 466 new local Covid-19 infections, up from a previous record of 390 cases reported on Friday.
Four people died overnight, bringing the death toll in New South Wales to 42 from an outbreak of the Delta variant first detected in Sydney in mid-June.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said this week fines for violating pandemic rules such as failing to comply with quarantine orders had risen from AU $ 1,000 (£ 530) to 5,000 Australian dollars.
Residents of Sydney will be restricted to within 5 kilometers (3 miles) of their home, half the distance they were previously allowed.
The government subsequently announced that all of New South Wales would be closed from 5 p.m. until August 22.
“We know containment, coupled with a strong and targeted vaccination program. is what will get us out of this dire situation, ”Ms. Berejiklian said.
Conrad DuncanAug 14, 2021 09:08
Chinese researchers influenced findings of Covid origins report, WHO expert says
Chinese researchers did not want a laboratory leak theory to be included in the World Health Organization’s report on the origins of Covid-19 and influence the presentation of research results, an expert from the ‘WHO.
“At first, they didn’t want anything from the lab [in the report], because it was impossible, so there was no need to waste time on it, ”said Danish television channel TV2 Peter Ben Embarek, who was one of the team leaders of the WHO survey.
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Conrad DuncanAugust 14, 2021 08:50
First children aged 12 to 15 in Ireland to receive the Covid vaccine
Ireland’s first children aged 12 to 15 are expected to receive a Covid-19 vaccine on Saturday as vaccination centers open across the country.
About 65,000 children had registered for a vaccine on Friday morning, 24 hours after registration opened.
It is not yet clear how many children will receive a vaccine this weekend, but the country’s health services official has said he wants to vaccinate this age group “quickly and quickly.”
“A lot of those who signed up yesterday will already have appointments for this weekend, I’m very happy to say that,” HSE CEO Paul Reid said on Friday.
“Our teams and our vaccination centers are highly focused on trying to do this job quickly and quickly. “
Conrad DuncanAugust 14, 2021 08:39
Sajid Javid warns of ‘cowboy-type’ testing companies
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has warned that some companies offering Covid travel tests “behave like cowboys” as he announced plans to conduct a 10-day internal review starting this weekend -end on prices and service standards of test providers.
Mr Javid said consumers and families need to be protected from “operating practices”, with high quality testing available at a reasonable price.
The minister added that he had ordered the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs to urgently review the list of recommended private providers on the government’s website to ensure clearer and more transparent pricing.
“Any supplier found to be misleading the public will be kicked out,” Mr. Javid said.
“Too many providers are acting like cowboys and it must stop. The public should be allowed to enjoy their summer vacation without facing excessive costs or anxiety. “
Conrad DuncanAugust 14, 2021 08:19
Government cuts price of Covid travel tests by £ 20
The government has reduced the price of NHS Covid tests for travel by £ 20 following criticism of the costs imposed on holidaymakers this summer.
Travelers, including people who have been fully vaccinated, have had to shell out hundreds of pounds on PCR tests in recent months – a requirement some fear will deter people from traveling abroad.
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Conrad DuncanAug 14, 2021 8:08 AM
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