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Published on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

PM says it's a govt priorty to 'liberate people to fly'


Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave some hope today that the government's 'moonshot' Covid-19 rapid mass testing proposal would allow a return to 'normal life', including the ability to travel.

Speaking at a Downing Street briefing, the PM said the plan was to test people on a daily basis, allowing those who test negative to continue their daily activities.

He added that it was the government's 'absolute priority' to allow people to fly 'in the way they want to' and said it was looking at 'all the ways we possibly can' to liberate people to fly.

However, the government's scientific advisor Patrick Vallance was more cautious about the possibility for mass testing, with results in minutes. He said some increased testing could be achieved with existing technologies, but added that it was unclear if these will work.

"We would be completely wrong to assume this is a slam dunk that can definitely happen," he said.

Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said it was 'likely' there will be tests 'of this sort' at some point 'in the not-so-distant future' but he added: "I think it's important that what we don't do is pin ourselves to a date and say 'by this time this will be achieved' - because that is not the way science moves."

What the Mole says:

'Moonshot' thinking aims to achieve something that is generally thought to be impossible. We'll leave that there.

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  • The reason Govt will not allow testing at Airports

    Although Heathrow has a Covid testing facility there must also be a test 4-5 days later . Herein lies the rub , there is insufficient NHS testing capacity now , let alone the extra 20,000 a day required to implement this programme . BOJO & co are allowing aviation to go to the wall

    By BARRY KEATING, Monday, September 14, 2020

  • Cmon Heathrow....get your fingers out..before

    Not quite one of my favourite airport destinations but Franfurt /Lufthansa are at least making a contribution to getting things moving...Ja...The airline says that the additional offer "relieves the testing capacities of the health care system" and serves as a "blueprint for a successful test concept [helping] passengers entering Germany from high-risk countries".

    By Terry McManus, Thursday, September 10, 2020

  • Entry to Thailand from May...2020.

    "We are Blocking infection from coming into the Country. That is why people Need to show Covid-19-Free Health certificates and Covid-19 Insurance before boarding their flights ....otherwise they will be Refused access. ...Prime Minister said etc "This will now Include All Countries to Minimise infection so we can Control it," he said. The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced that the new measure will take effect on 20th March 2020... Total number of Deaths to date.....59.

    By Terry McManus, Thursday, September 10, 2020

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