Anyone who tests positive with the cheaper test would have to take a PCR test, and Mr. Smith said: “The data really confirm a simpler and straightforward testing system.”
However, Nick Markham, founder of Cignpost, said lateral flow tests had higher rates of false positives while still 0.4 per cent equivalent to 400 people with Covid arriving in the UK each day.
said it during Delta crisis alternative The company recorded 10 per cent of arrivals from India positive even though they had undergone less accurate antigen tests before traveling to the UK.
PCR tests are more accurate, so they pick up those cases where the antigen will be missed. You can also sequence PCR tests that you can’t do with antigen, and that gives you an early indication if there are new variants of concern,” Mr Markham said.
On Thursday, ministers will consider recommendations to keep them Turkey Pakistan is on the red list, which requires arrivals to the UK to self-quarantine in a hotel for 10 days at a cost of £2,285 per person. If they do, it will be a blow to the two countries, which are pushing to go amber and be exempted from quarantine.
Ministers are also expected to leave unchanged traffic light ratings for major Amber holiday destinations in Spain, France, Greece and Italy, ensuring there is no chaotic weekend race to the UK for families to beat the quarantine.
Cignpost data showed that Spain, one of the most popular overseas holiday destinations this summer, continues to pose the greatest risk for imported Covid cases. It was due earlier this month to be placed on an amber watch list until a backlash from MPs and the travel industry averted it.
Spain’s positive test rate for tourists returning to the UK was 0.7 per cent – just under one for every 140 arrivals. This was nearly six times France’s rate of 1.2 percent and 10 times Italy’s rate of 0.06 percent. Greece’s share was 0.27 percent, Portugal 0.19 percent, and Croatia 0.16 percent.
The USA was 0.12 per cent, but President Joe Biden is still believed to be unlikely to lift the travel ban on Britain with airlines predicting that he might. Delayed until later in the fall.
In a sign of pessimism about the resumption of transatlantic travel, Ireland’s national carrier, Aer Lingus, on Wednesday postponed new flights from Manchester to New York and Orlando from September 30 until the beginning of December.