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Travel rule change delayed by lateral flow test shortage

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 23rd September, 2021 07:19:14 PM
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Travel rule change delayed by lateral flow test shortage

 

Covid testing firms are facing a shortage of lateral flow tests, says Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

He told MPs this was the reason for delaying the date when PCR tests will be removed for travellers returning to England, reports BBC.

The travel industry has called on the government to confirm when in October the rules will be changed.

Shapps said it would take several weeks to switch from PCR tests to lateral flow tests.

Addressing the Transport Select Committee, he said the Department of Health was responsible for making the decision.

However, he stressed that his colleagues were aware of school half-term dates and understood the speed required to implement this change.