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British large-scale testing of nationals introduces three-level entry measures based on risk

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The British government urges people to conduct coronavirus tests twice a week to prepare for the gradual lifting of restrictions and the resumption of international travel. The picture shows Londoners waiting in line for free coronavirus tests yesterday. (Reuters)

The British government urges people to conduct coronavirus tests twice a week to prepare for the gradual lifting of restrictions and the resumption of international travel.

The British government announced plans to restart the national economy and resume international tourism on Monday, and urged all people in England to be tested for coronavirus twice a week to strengthen prevention and control of the epidemic as restrictions are further lifted.

British Prime Minister Johnson held a press conference at 5 pm London time (20:00 Singapore time) on Monday to announce the next release plan. According to media reports in advance, Johnson is expected to introduce a “traffic light” system for international tourism. According to risk factors such as infection rate, vaccination schedule, virus strains transmitted, and virus genome sequencing capabilities, countries are classified as red, yellow, and green. Groups.

The UK currently bans all non-essential international travel, but may resume international travel as soon as May 17th.

According to Johnson’s plan, nationals entering the UK from “green” countries and regions with a low risk of infection do not need to be quarantined, but they must still be tested for coronary disease before travelling and after arriving in the UK; those entering from “yellow” countries are expected to be at home Self-isolation; those entering from high-risk “red” countries may have to stay in an isolated hotel for 10 days.

The British government pointed out that this traffic light system will provide clear guidelines for passengers, while ensuring that the vaccination process will not be threatened by the reopening of the border. Johnson said: “We are doing everything we can to make the country reopen as safely as possible.”

The authorities urge people not to rush to book summer travel packages because it is too early to predict which countries will be included in the “green” list.

At present, the British government has included Brazil, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and other 34 countries on the “red list” prohibiting entry travel. The Philippines, Pakistan, Kenya and Bangladesh will also be included in this list from the 9th of this month.

In addition, Johnson is also expected to announce that it will allow retail stores, outdoor catering and barber shops in England to resume operations on April 12 as scheduled.

If the “Crown Disease Passport” plan is successful, sports events and other activities may resume

The British government also plans to pilot the certification system commonly known as the “Crown Disease Passport” in the next few weeks; if the pilot is successful, large-scale public events such as sports events and concerts will be resumed, and relevant anti-epidemic measures such as maintaining social distancing will be reduced accordingly. The vaccine passport will show information such as whether the holder has been vaccinated, the time when the latest coronavirus test was negative, and so on. However, it is not clear that the system will use paper certificates or be authenticated through mobile apps.

To ensure that the epidemic continues to be under control, Johnson also announced earlier on Monday that all people in England will be tested for coronavirus twice a week. From Thursday, people can get free test kits from pharmacies, community centers, or through home delivery services.

Johnson said: “As our vaccination program is making good progress and planning to carefully relax restrictions, regular rapid testing is more important to ensure that these efforts are not in vain.”

Health Minister Hancock emphasized that whether the UK can “return to normal depends on whether everyone is tested regularly.”

The UK’s coronal disease vaccination schedule has surpassed that of other European countries. So far, more than 31 million people have received the first dose of the vaccine, and more than 5 million people have completed the two doses. This has created favorable conditions for the UK to gradually unblock it. In contrast, neighboring France has recently tightened restrictions due to the continuing epidemic.

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