U.K. to end all remaining COVID-19 travel rules | CBC News

Britain’s authorities mentioned Monday all remaining coronavirus measures for travellers, together with passenger locator kinds and the requirement that unvaccinated individuals be examined for COVID-19 earlier than and after their arrivals, will finish Friday to make occurring vacation simpler for the Easter faculty trip.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps mentioned the adjustments will imply individuals “can journey similar to within the good outdated days.”

The passenger locator kinds require individuals to fill in journey particulars, their tackle within the U.Ok. and their vaccination standing.

The information was welcomed by U.Ok. airways akin to Virgin Atlantic and British Airways, which mentioned they’re starting to ease masks carrying necessities on some routes.

The announcement got here as coronavirus infections have been rising in all 4 elements of the U.Ok. — England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Eire — for the primary time for the reason that finish of January.

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The most recent authorities figures launched Monday confirmed that there have been greater than 444,000 new circumstances recorded up to now seven days, up 48 per cent from the week earlier than.

The variety of hospital sufferers with COVID-19 can also be growing, although it’s nonetheless properly under the height recorded in January. Scientists say most of the new infections in England have been a extra transmissible sub-variant of the Omicron variant.

Well being Secretary Sajid Javid mentioned the rise in infections was “to be anticipated” as individuals socialize extra in any case home coronavirus restrictions, together with the authorized requirement for anybody who examined optimistic to self isolate, got here to an finish on Feb. 24.

“We are going to proceed monitoring and monitoring potential new variants, and preserve a reserve of measures which may be quickly deployed if wanted to maintain us secure,” Javid mentioned.

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