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United Airlines Plans Free Covid-19 Testing Program Trial for Passengers on London Flights

United Airlines Plans Free Covid-19 Testing Program Trial for Passengers on London Flights

United Airlines announced plans to offer free coronavirus tests to passengers on flights between the airline’s New York area hub and London as part of a pilot program.
The tests will be offered at no charge to every passenger over the age of two as well as to flight attendants and pilots on select flights between Newark Liberty International Airport and London Heathrow.  Any passengers who don’t wish to be tested …

Some Travelers Are Presenting Forged Covid-19 Tests to Fly, 23 Arrested in Uganda

Some Travelers Are Presenting Forged Covid-19 Tests to Fly, 23 Arrested in Uganda

Some destinations require a negative coronavirus test in order to be admitted to the country or to avoid a mandatory self-quarantine period.
Some countries or regions will accept a printed hard copy of a negative Covid-19 test result, while others go further, requiring travelers to create a digital profile and upload a negative test result, which can then be verified by health officials prior to departure.
Meanwhile, the Lancaster Telegraph reported the …

Europe Imposes New Restrictions as France Reports Record Number of New Coronavirus Cases

Europe Imposes New Restrictions as France Reports Record Number of New Coronavirus Cases

European countries are scrambling to contain the spread of the coronavirus after France announced a daily record for new infections amidst the Continent’s second wave of infections.  Italy and Spain both announced new steps to combat the spread, while the number of new infections continues to climb in Austria, Germany, Poland, and the United Kingdom.
The news comes are Europe set its clocks back by one hour, which means it will …

Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 16 – London and Paris Move to Combat Another Wave, White House Agrees to Testing

Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 16 – London and Paris Move to Combat Another Wave, White House Agrees to Testing

Officials across the Continent are struggling to contain another wave of the coronavirus.   London will move from a Tier 1 or medium alert level to Tier 2, a high alert level of restrictions as of Saturday morning.  Meanwhile, saying it was “no time for conviviality,” French President Emmanuel Macron put Paris and eight other large cities under a curfew, saying it was necessary to slow the rate of new coronavirus …

As Coronavirus Spreads ‘in Every Corner’ of the City, London to Move to High Alert

As Coronavirus Spreads ‘in Every Corner’ of the City, London to Move to High Alert

Paris is not the only capital city imposing restrictions as officials across the Continent struggle to contain another wave of the coronavirus.
London will move from a Tier 1 or medium alert level to Tier 2, a high alert level of restrictions as of Saturday morning,
The move was announced by the country’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, on Thursday. The move comes after the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, said that the capital had …

Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 14 – U.S. Sees Resurgence of Cases, U.K. Under Lockdown

Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 14 – U.S. Sees Resurgence of Cases, U.K. Under Lockdown

Parts of the United Kingdom went on “very high” alert Wednesday as part of the country’s new three-tier system including the city of Liverpool.  Restrictions in these zones include a ban on meeting individuals from other householders indoors as well as the closure of bars, restaurants, and pubs.
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland announced a strict lockdown, closing schools for two weeks and bars and pubs for four, with the exception of takeout …

Heathrow Traffic Plummets 82%, CEO Calls on U.K. to Replace Quarantine with Covid-19 Testing

Heathrow Traffic Plummets 82%, CEO Calls on U.K. to Replace Quarantine with Covid-19 Testing

Heathrow Airport said Monday that passenger traffic in September was down 82% compared to the same period in 2019.  The number of passengers traversing the airport fell by 5.5 million to 1.2 million, clearly demonstrating the mounting pressure on the global aviation industry.
Reacting to the decline, the airport’s CEO, John Holland-Kaye, called on the U.K. government to introduce a so-called “test-and-release” system for passengers and gave the government until November …