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Testing at Best dos-Santos for people travelling to UK...

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Testing at Best dos-Santos for people travelling to UK...

COVID-19 rapid testing will be available at Best-dos Santos Public Health Laboratory from Tuesday for people travelling to the United Kingdom.

Government has moved to facilitate rapid testing since the UK last week announced measures to protect against the new coronavirus variants.

“Effective January 21, 2021 the UK will be requiring travellers to present a negative COVID-19 test for entry into the country. Outbound UK travellers requiring a Rapid Antigen test in order to facilitate travel should present themselves to the Best-dos Santos Laboratory starting tomorrow, Tuesday January 19, 2021 . . .,” a statement from Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. said on Monday.

Testing will be available daily between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The testing process will take approximately one-and-a-half hours from registration through test certification. Travellers are advised to plan accordingly.

The protocols announced by the UK last week are:

“Emergency measures introduced at the border to be in place for at least one month in order to protect the UK against new variants.

“All international arrivals to the UK from any country (including British and Irish Nationals) must now take a pre-departure test and self-isolate for ten-days.

“Passengers must continue to fill in a Passenger Locator Form and have a negative test before travelling to the UK or could face a £500 fine for each.” (PR/KG)

https://www.nationnews.com/2021/01/18/testing-best-dos-santos-people-travelling-u/

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There is hope for Canadians and visitors that our gov't will drop the PCR result requirement for entry into Canada and move to rapid testing like the UK and US has. Who knows maybe Barbados will read the studies and catch up.

"Meanwhile, the federal expert advisory panel on testing and screening for COVID-19 released a report Friday recommending that the use of rapid tests as a screening tool be accelerated."

"Some experts have argued the rapid tests are less capable of picking up the virus and therefore less reliable. But Dr. Funmi Okunola, a B.C.-based COVID-19 medical adviser, explained the tests’ sensitivity is highest when the person is contagious, and therefore an effective tool at screening individuals for COVID-19.

Abbott has also said that in “numerous studies,” both the Panbio rapid antigen test and its ID NOW rapid molecular test have demonstrated sensitivity above 90 per cent when used on a person when they are most contagious."

"Public health struggles, and some in the medical profession struggle, with getting their head around that you need different tests for different scenarios,” said Okunola, president of Kojala Medical Enterprises Ltd." Toronto Star

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