COVID tests for fully vaccinated Britons returning to the UK will be phased out in a significant boost to midterm holidays.
Second day tests have been downgraded from PCR to the cheaper side stream, and they may soon be phased out entirely.
The move will allow families to have a comfortable getaway on February 18 when most schools are out for a week, without the need to buy kits at home or go to testing centers. .
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is said to be ready to make an announcement on January 26 as Plan B restrictions are also about to be lifted.
A source close to the Cabinet minister told The Times: “We are looking at removing all Covid testing for vaccinated travelers by the end of January, which is likely to coincide with the end of January. review Plan B measures on January 26.”
Boris Johnson is expected to remove many of the curbs from our daily lives amid growing confidence the UK can weather the Omicron wave.
This will likely end the requirement to work from home and see the controversial vaccine passport launched.
Wearing a mask in public places is the only one of the three main Covid measures that can be maintained beyond the end of the month.
The Prime Minister will likely unveil the plans if infection rates continue to fall.
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Daily cases fell dramatically last week, with the number of infections falling below 100,000 in two days, the first time in weeks.
And the number of reported positive tests is falling in every region in the UK as the key R rate has stabilized, new data reveals.
R is currently between 1.1 and 1.5, down slightly from last week’s 1.2 to 1.5.
It is highest in the Northeast, between 1.4 and 1.7, but infections are now starting to decline in the region – where Omicron was formerly the epicenter.
Experts put the number down due to the UK’s rapid vaccination rollout.
A series of extremely positive studies show Omicron to be milder than other strains to be vaccinated, with the first official UK report showing a 50 to 70 per cent lower risk of hospitalization compared to Delta. .
Health officials have repeatedly said the Covid booster shots protect against Omicron and offer the best chance of weathering the pandemic.
The Sun’s Jabs Army campaign is helping to get vital additional vaccines in the UK’s arms to avoid the need for any new restrictions.
‘SEARCH MORE POSITIVE’
Some of the Covid measures have been introduced against a backdrop of optimism, including self-isolation for positive cases being reduced to just five days for a full-blown case.
And it appears the UK is on the “other side” of the Omicron peak with “admissions, deaths and overall severity looking more positive”, according to epidemiology professor Tim Spector.
Travel bosses will show signs of relief when unrestricted travel goes into effect.
Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of British Airways, said of the previous announcement on January 5: “This is an extremely welcome move at a pivotal time in booking season for passengers and will give a big boost to those who want to travel abroad or come to the UK this year.
“Everybody will now be able to book knowing that – for those who are fully immunized – all restrictions on emergency testing have been lifted.
“Today marks an important step towards learning to live with the virus, helping passengers and the travel sector look ahead to what will be an important spring and summer.”
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