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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted he had not “given up” hope of giving the go-ahead for foreign travel to resume next month as he pledged to cut the cost of coronavirus tests for holidaymakers. He suggested travellers arriving in England might be allowed to take rapid lateral flow tests – instead of more expensive PCR swabs – to prove they are Covid-free. The Government has set 17 May as the earliest possible date for international journeys to start again under its roadmap out of lockdown, although surging case rates in popular holiday destinations such as France and Italy have raised doubts over whether that is a realistic target. The i politics newsletter cut through the noiseEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Amid research concluding that passengers face having to pay up to £420 each for all the tests required to taken a foreign break, aviation leaders including Johan Lundgren, the chief executive officer of easyJet, have argued that lateral flow tests should be used to lessen the cost to travellers. The Prime Minister indicated that he was sympathetic to the calls when he told reporters: “I do think we want to make things as easy as we possibly can. The boss of easyJet is right to focus on this issue.“We’re going to see what we can do to make things as flexible and as affordable as possible. He said: “I do want to see international travel start up again. We have to be realistic. A lot of the destinations that we want to go to at the moment are suffering a new wave of the illness, of Covid, as we know. “We can’t do it immediately, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve given up on May 17.
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.” Under a proposed “traffic light system”, holidaymakers returning from “green” destinations will not have to self-isolate if they return a negative test. People coming back from “amber countries” would have to quarantine for up to 10 days, while travel to “red” nations with high infection rates would be banned. Mr Lundgren said he did not think it was fair for people returning from green countries to be tested at all. “If they choose, however, to go down that route to have the tests in place, it should be the same type of testing, the lateral flow testing, which is much cheaper, more accessible, that is being used to open up the domestic sector as an example.” Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are swab tests that are processed in a laboratory, and cost around £120 each in the UK for private customers. This is “way over and above what the cost is of an average easyJet fare”, Mr Lundgren told the BBC.Rapid tests, or lateral flow device tests, are swab tests that give results in 30 minutes or less, without the need for processing in a laboratory. Everyone in England will have free access to lateral flow device tests twice a week from Friday. Virgin Atlantic chief executive Shai Weiss said: “We can’t have a prohibitively expensive testing system that puts businesses, people and families off travelling. “Passengers travelling to and from ‘green’ countries should be able to do so freely, without testing or quarantine at all, and vaccinated passengers travelling to and from ‘amber’ countries should not face testing or quarantine.” Mr Weiss said destinations that should be on the “green” list from May 17 include the United States, Israel and the Caribbean.
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