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Coronavirus: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 57388, tabled on 15 October 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the Government plans to conduct genomic sequencing of cases of covid-19 to identify variants found in arrivals from overseas when the requirement of a PCR test on day 2 after arrival is removed.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

25 October 2021

Genomic sequencing will continue to be part of our border measures to identify new variants. From 24 October anyone fully vaccinated who tests positive on an lateral flow test must self-isolate and take a confirmatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, which will be sent for genomic sequencing. Those who are unvaccinated, partially vaccinated or whose vaccines are not recognised by the United Kingdom must continue to take PCR tests following arrival in England. All arrivals from ‘red list’ countries will continue to take PCR tests following arrival in England, regardless of vaccination status.

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