'Flawed' data led Government to rule out airport Covid tests

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Man wearing a surgical mask in an airport

(Source: Telegraph)

The Government has so far been opposed to scrapping quarantine in favour of Covid-19 testing at UK airports, claiming that trials runs show that only seven per cent of coronavirus cases would be detected on arrival.

But this figure is now being challenged by a group of health experts and data analysts who argue that a significant oversight is causing officials to wildly underestimate the effectiveness of airport testing.

In assessing research compiled by Public Health England, which underpins the Government’s quarantine policy, health consultancy Edge Health and analytical firm Oxera have jointly concluded that the data is based on an assumption that anyone with detectable Covid symptoms pre-departure will not board their flight.

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