A new Covid testing method which takes just 10 minutes could speed up testing for travel, say developers from the University of Birmingham.
The test, known as the Exponential Amplification Reaction (EXPAR) method, was found to be just as sensitive as PCR or LAMP testing, currently used in hospital settings – with results appearing within 10 minutes of a sample being given.
The test “can be deployed at entertainment venues, airport arrival terminals, and in remote settings where clinical testing laboratories are not available,” states the University’s website, adding that developers are now seeking commercial partners for rapid licensing, to get the new style of test rolled out.
“The testing used swabs containing a typical range of viral loads seen during the pandemic, and had a six-minute cut-off time,” explained Professor Andrew Beggs, whose team worked on the new test.
“The analysis showed RTF-EXPAR’s sensitivity is equivalent to quantitative PCR testing, with a positive predictive value of 89 per cent, and a negative predictive value of 93 per cent. We expect to publish the full results of this testing in the near future.”
In other news, US travellers will have to wear masks on flights until at least January 2022, as the US’s Transportation Security Administration extends the ‘mask mandate’ previously set until September 2021.
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New 10-minute Covid test boosts holiday hopes
A new 10-minute Covid test could speed up the pre-travel testing process, say developers from the University of Birmingham.
The new style of testing – known as the Exponential Amplification Reaction (EXPAR) method – was found to be just as sensitive as PCR or LAMP testing, currently used in hospitals, but results show up in under 10 minutes.
The test could be deployed at “entertainment venues, airport arrival terminals, and in remote settings where clinical testing laboratories are not available,” states the University’s website, adding that developers are now seeking commercial partners for rapid licensing, to get the new style of test rolled out.
Lucy Thackray19 August 2021 10:50
Sharp rise for flight prices in 2022
Data analysis from travel search engine Kayak has revealed that the price for international flights for Easter 2022 is approximately 20 per cent higher than in 2019.
Average international flight prices are around £441 for the Easter holidays next year, compared to around £365 in 2019.
Domestic flight prices are also up around 31 per cent, with average flight prices £150 compared to £115 in 2019.
While prices are up, overall flight searches for domestic and international travel are still down about 77 per cent when compared to pre-Covid 2019.
Helen Coffey19 August 2021 10:22
Eurostar adds more high-speed services to Europe
Eurostar is adding more trains between the UK and the Continent in response to growing demand following the removal of quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers from France to the UK and the easing of restrictions for travel to Belgium and the Netherlands.
During August, Eurostar has seen double the amount of bookings, and has added 39 trains for travel between the UK and continental Europe in response.
From 6 September until 1 November, eight daily return services will operate, with five in each direction on the London to Paris route and three in each direction between London and Brussels, with one each way extended to Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
Helen Coffey19 August 2021 09:53
US ‘mask mandate’ on planes extended until January
US airline passengers must wear masks on planes until at least 18 January 2022, after the TSA extended the country’s ‘mask mandate’.
The Transportation Security Administration had originally set an end date of 13 September for the rule, but yesterday briefed airline executives on the longer time frame.
The country-wide, all-airline policy – first implemented in February 2021 – has proved controversial in the US, leading to multiple confrontations between cabin crew and passengers who resist wearing a mask.
On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration reported 3,889 incidents this year, with 74 per cent of those involving customers refusing to wear a mask.
Lucy Thackray19 August 2021 09:35
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Lucy Thackray19 August 2021 09:26
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