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Just 0.4% of fully vaccinated travellers test positive for Covid

Only four in 1,000 double jabbed holidaymakers are testing positive for Covid on their return to Britain, according to new research.

The figures, reported by The Telegraph, are being studied by health secretary Sajid Javid, ahead of the expected traffic light review on Thursday (August 26).

At the end of July, only 0.4% of fully vaccinated travellers arriving back from holiday at UK airports had contracted Covid, said the report.

Single vaccinated travellers were twice as likely to test positive, representing 0.8% of arrivals.

Non-vaccinated holidaymakers were between one and 1.2%, according to the analysis from Cignpost, which conducts 11,000 tests on arrivals a day.

Henry Smith MP, chairman of the all-party Future of Aviation group, told the Telegraph the findings justified replacing PCR tests for amber and green countries with cheaper lateral flow tests.

However, Nick Markham, founder of Cignpost, said lateral flow tests had higher rates of false positives while the 0.4% still equated to 400 people infected with Covid arriving in the UK each day.

The Telegraph also said ministers will consider recommendations to keep Turkey and Pakistan on the red list.

“If they do, it will be a blow to the two countries, which have lobbied to go amber and be exempt from quarantine,” said the report.

“Ministers are also expected to leave unchanged the traffic light ratings for the main amber holiday destinations of Spain, France, Greece and Italy, ensuring there will be no chaotic Bank Holiday weekend race back to the UK for families to beat quarantine.”

 

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