UKGovernment today announced that it will henceforth not conduct sample tests for COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) on passengers entering from China; Relevant passengers will not be required to show COVID-19 negative certificate from April 5.
According to a joint press release from the Department of Health and Social Care, the Health and Safety Authority (UKHSA) and the Department for Transport, the new policy is in line with international partners such as the European Union (EU), which is stepping up virus surveillance measures for travelers arriving from China. is also reducing.
The British government said that the cancellation of relevant measures was because the Chinese side sharedTo find outVaccine administration, virus gene sequencing and other information have increased, which will help China’s domestic reformEpidemic“Transparency”. According to the latest international information, there is no virus variant in China that has not been found in the UK. The UK side will continue to carry out overall pandemic surveillance and response measures, so that prompt and proportionate action can be taken as and when required.
From 5 January this year, passengers entering England directly or via a third destination from China or transiting to England must obtain a COVID-19 negative certificate before boarding a flight. From 8 January the UKHSA carried out sample checks at London Heathrow Airport for passengers entering from China. Positive samples were sent to the laboratory for priority genetic sequencing. Currently only England, where London is located, has direct flights between the UK and China.
Sampling is voluntary, meaning passengers can choose not to accept the invitation. Also, passengers are not required to self-isolate even if they test positive.
The British government stressed at the time that it would review relevant epidemic prevention restrictions on a rolling basis; Once China’s information and data sharing related to the epidemic improves, the above “temporary preventive measures” will be re-examined.
According to information released today by the British side, since the sample inspection at Heathrow Airport in January, a total of 99 passengers have been inspected for each flight from China. A total of 3,374 passengers have been tested so far. Of which 14 are positive cases, no worrisome mutant strains were found.