Heathrow poised to host UK's first Covid-19 airport testing trial

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Man wearing a mask in healthrow airport terminal

(Source: The Telegraph)

Passengers arriving at Heathrow will be among the first to be offered medical Covid-19 tests at a UK airport, pending Government approval.

Heathrow is ready to host the UK's first airport Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing trial, using the same type of saliva swab test as the NHS, it was announced today.

British and international arrivals from countries not exempt from UK quarantine could be checked for the virus upon landing and know within hours if they have tested positive.

This could help thousands of people avoid a 14-day quarantine, if the British Government extends exemption to travellers who test negative.

Read more on The Telegraph

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