Fury at travel test bypass for thousands at Cop26 climate summit

Fury at travel test bypass for thousands as it emerges that delegates at Cop26 climate summit will be allowed to dodge Covid screening

  • Delegates travelling to Cop26 summit will dodge travel testing requirements
  • They will not even have to fill in the passenger locator forms other Brits do
  • If there is a Covid outbreak as a result authorities may struggle to track spread  
  • Thousands of people flying into the UK for the Cop26 climate summit will be allowed to dodge travel testing requirements.

    Unlike Britons returning from holidays abroad, delegates travelling to the conference in Glasgow this November will not need to pay for a PCR swab two days after they arrive.

    They will not even have to fill in the passenger locator forms millions of travellers have had to show at passport controls when returning from overseas.

    The new loopholes, quietly introduced over the Bank Holiday, also mean that attendees who have been officially invited from ¿red list¿ countries will not need to quarantine

    The new loopholes, quietly introduced over the Bank Holiday, also mean that attendees who have been officially invited from ‘red list’ countries will not need to quarantine

    It means that if there is a coronavirus outbreak linked to the major environment conference – due to be attended by as many as 25,000 people from around the world – authorities may struggle to track its spread.

    Lib Dem health spokesman Baroness Brinton said: ‘Cop26 is the most important conference of our times… [But] the Government should urgently rethink the rules so we can have a Covid-safe conference.’

    The new loopholes, quietly introduced over the Bank Holiday, also mean that attendees who have been officially invited from ‘red list’ countries will not need to quarantine.

    However all delegates will have to show evidence of a negative Covid test before they set off for the UK. And the Government insists they will also have to take regular tests during the conference.

    Lib Dem health spokesman Baroness Brinton, pictured, said: ¿The Government should urgently rethink the rules so we can have a Covid-safe conference.¿

    Lib Dem health spokesman Baroness Brinton, pictured, said: ‘The Government should urgently rethink the rules so we can have a Covid-safe conference.’

    A Government spokesman said the arrangements will allow the ‘critical climate talks’ to go ahead while maintaining public health measures. 

    Yesterday another 26,476 coronavirus cases and 48 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were recorded in the UK.

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