The Guardian
Julia Kollewe

Returning to travel tests... the UK’s competition watchdog said yesterday that it is ready to help the government take rapid action against Covid testing companies if it finds they are breaching consumer law, amid rising concerns about rip-off pricing and unreturned or delayed results.

In a statement published on Thursday afternoon, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) set out the details of its previously announced investigation into the market, and said it was also looking at whether the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) could take any action to improve matters in the short term.

Today, Gatwick airport is calling for simpler testing rules, including the removal of testing requirements for people returning from green list destinations, and for double-vaccinated travellers returning from amber countries. Non-vaccinated people should be able to take a cheaper lateral flow test, rather than an expensive PCR test, the airport said.

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