Flights: UK airports not testing new arrivals for COVID-19 is ‘a bit odd’ claims expert

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Many Britons in lockdown have been questioning why UK airports have been allowed to let passengers enter the country without being tested first. Other countries around the world such as Hong Kong have put rules in place which means that every arrival is tested before they leave the airport. However, the UK remains one of the few countries that doesn’t have a screening process in place.

Today, on Sky News Adam Boulton hosted a panel of experts who answered questions about the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

One of the questions asked whether passengers arriving in the UK by air are being screened for coronavirus.

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And if they are not, why aren’t they being tested.

Simon Clarke, a Microbiologist at the University of Reading explained that he thought it was “odd” that the UK was not testing people arriving in airports.

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Flights: UK airports not testing new arrivals for COVID-19 is ‘a bit odd’ claims expert

Flights: Microbiologist Simon Clarke spoke to Sky News (Image: Sky News/Getty)

Flights: UK airports not testing new arrivals for COVID-19 is ‘a bit odd’ claims expert

Flights: Today, on Sky News Adam Boulton hosted a panel of experts who answered questions (Image: Sky News)

He said: “I find it a bit odd.

“I don’t really understand why we don’t.

“We’re told that’s it’s not necessary and that it won’t make a difference but I’m not entirely sure why they’ve reached that conclusion.”

A travel expert on the panel, Lisa Minot said that she thought it was “baffling” that UK airports were not testing new arrivals.

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“No they’re not. And I’ve been getting quite a lot of questions about this over the past few weeks.

“We are probably one of the countries that aren’t doing that.

“Other countries are as I was explaining to you before about Hong Kong – they test every single passenger that is coming into the country.

“And that’s happening in many other places as well.”

Flights: UK airports not testing new arrivals for COVID-19 is ‘a bit odd’ claims expert

Flights: The UK remains one of the few countries that doesn’t have a screening process (Image: GETTY)

The travel editor for The Sun explained that Emirates had put new rules in place this week.

She added: “Emirates are the first airline this week to test every passenger before they boarded the flight.

“It does seem quite baffling that we’re the only country that’s not.”

“But right now all we really have coming into the country are those repatriation flights.

Flights: UK airports not testing new arrivals for COVID-19 is ‘a bit odd’ claims expert

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“People being flown back into the country from abroad.

“So, yes they should probably be having that kind of testing done but it’s just not being put in place at the moment.

“And we have a fairly bad spread of coronavirus ourselves.

“So maybe it’s just the decision – ‘what more can be done or what would be the point of doing it.’”


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