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£500 Will Be Fined To People Who Do Not Have A Valid Negative Covid-19 Test



Travelers flying to Britain are being tested by both airlines and Border Force officials for their Covid documents, with more than 30 air passengers disclosing that they were fined £ 500 each upon arrival for not having a clear negative coronavirus examination.

London Heathrow Airport passengers are then let into the country, which is currently in its third lockdown since the first wave swept the nation in March, and told to quarantine after new rules were brought in yesterday, like all other UK arrivals.

The fines came as passengers started to face delays after landing in the UK this morning as officials checked any arriving passenger had a negative test – even though when boarding a flight in a foreign country they will all have already been checked by their airline.

For not complying with the regulations, passengers will be charged a minimum of £ 500, although the Home Office announced today that they are then let on their way – meaning hundreds of people with Covid-19 may have been let into the UK after the rules were enforced.

However, like all arrivals in the UK, they do have to comply with the quarantine laws for ten days – and those who violate those regulations can be fined up to £ 10,000.

The fines are given as fixed penalty notices for not getting a proper examination and do not remain on the criminal record.

If those fined were penalized for having no test at all or for their test certificate not meeting the appropriate requirements have not yet been disclosed by the Home Office.

After their airlines had already checked them while boarding flights overseas, many travelers were also shocked by long queues – with some saying the carriers were the ‘strictest’ in implementing social distancing.

Although official figures for Heathrow arrivals are not yet available, it is estimated that tens of thousands of people are arriving at the airport every day at the moment – after around 35,000 arrivals a day last month.

With some travelers claiming to have to wait up to an hour before their paperwork was reviewed at Terminal Two, Queues formed up again today in Heathrow’s immigration hall.

Both electronic passport gates were locked, requiring a face-to-face inspection of both overseas and British passport holders. They had to apply their passports, a negative test – a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in most cases – and a listing of the locator type where their mandatory ten-day quarantine in Britain will take place.

The staff guided arrivals to maintain a distance of 6ft from each other, but passengers said that individuals ended up facing each other and cramming together.

All arrivals must show proof of a PCR examination and a completed locator form listing the address where ten days of quarantine will be kept by travelers. Few passengers said they would join the release test scheme that decreases self-isolation from ten to five days.

Yesterday, on the first day of the new regime, passengers told MailOnline that they faced 90-minute queues at the border, but Heathrow Airport denied that this was the case.

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘People should not be traveling unless absolutely necessary and it is an offense to arrive into England without proof of a negative Covid test or a completed Passenger Locator Form.’

Source: Daily Mail


Two Individuals Infected With Nigerian Covid-19 Variant In Malaysia Discovered – MOH



Recently, the Ministry Of Health Malaysia (MOH) has discovered the first two cases of individuals that got infected with the Nigerian Variant of SARS-CoV-2 or also known as B1.525 in this country. The detected cases are actually from two foreigners who just arrived in Malaysia from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Both of them were found to be tested Covid-19 positive through the RT PCR Covid-19 swab test.

For a better recognition, The Institute for Medical Research (IMR) then performed a full genome sequencing as it takes into account both of the foreigner’s travel history. The Nigerian COVID-19 variant was first detected in the UK and also Nigeria in the month of December 2020.

MOH also stated that these discovered Nigerian variants can cause an increase in the likelihood as well as a possible decrease in the immune response. Worry not because MOH reassured that IMR and CPRC will continue to monitor the development of the virus mutation and to inform the public from time to time.

Other than that, they also reminded that even though the national immunization program is going smoothly, public health actions are still required as herd immunity has still not been achieved yet.

Sources: Twitter MOH

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UK To Fast-Track Modified Coronavirus Vaccines To Fight New Variants



LONDON, March 5 – Future vaccines that have been tweaked to deal with new coronavirus variants will be fast-tracked for authorisation, Britain’s medicines and health care regulator announced Thursday, reported Xinhua news agency.

“We have a clear goal that future vaccine modifications that respond to new variants of coronavirus can be made in the shortest possible time without compromising safety, quality or effectiveness,” June Raine, chief executive of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), said in a statement.

According to the new guidance, the three-phase safety trials required for the original coronavirus vaccines won’t be needed but manufacturers must provide robust evidence that the modified vaccine triggers an immune response.

Christian Schneider, chief scientific officer at the MHRA, said: “The public should be confident that no vaccine would be approved unless the expected high standards of safety, quality and effectiveness are met.”

Currently, both the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines have reportedly shown to be effective against the variant that first emerged in Britain late last year.

However, experts have raised concerns over the efficacy of current vaccines in the variants rst found in South Africa and Brazil, which have both been detected in Britain.

Six cases of P1 variant related to Brazil have been found in Britain, including three in England and three in Scotland.

More than 20.7 million people in Britain have been given the first jab of the coronavirus vaccine, according to the latest official figures.

At present, England is under the third national lockdown since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country. Similar restriction measures are also in place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

On Feb 22, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his long-anticipated “roadmap” exiting the lockdown. Schools in England will reopen from Monday next week as the first part of the four-step plan, which Johnson said was designed to be “cautious but irreversible”.

To bring life back to normal, countries such as Britain, China, Germany, Russia and the United States have been racing against time to roll out coronavirus vaccines.


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“MySejahtera App Has Been Doing A UI Update…” – Khairy Jamaluddin



Recently, the MySejahtera App has been doing a UI update for the vaccination of the COVID-19 program. The display for the vaccination is different now to show the simpler flow of the process for everyone that has successfully registered for the vaccine through the MySejahtera App.

According to Khairy Jamaluddin, “This UI update is to push the new display to everyone that has registered”.

For some people, this new display does not show up even though they have registered before. For that problem, Khairy Jamaluddin explained, “Wait for the push. Don’t register again”. But do not be worried if you have to register again because the first registration has been recorded.

He stated in the tweet, “For those that did and see later date of registration, rests assured we have a record of your first try. Appointments are given based on the first time you registered”. The appointment order would not be disturbed as it is given according to the registration done the first time.

Sources: Twitter Khairy Jamaluddin.

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