October 20, 2021
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UK health chief sees ”unfair” pricing for Covid travel tests

Javid said Sunday that he had asked the competition and markets authority to crackdown on “unfair market practices” by test providers. (Photo credit: AFP)

LONDON: Britain’s competition watchdog said Sunday it will look into the cost of Covid-19 testing for travelers after health secretary Sajid Javid complained that high prices for the government-mandated tests were preventing some people from going on vacation.
PCR tests required for most travelers average about 75 pounds ($104) each, or 300 pounds for a family of four, but many firms charge significantly more. Prices quoted by providers listed on the government website range from 17 pounds ($24) to 250 pounds ($347).
Javid said Sunday that he had asked the competition and markets authority to crackdown on “unfair market practices” by test providers.
“People should be able to go on holiday, whether it’s to see family or just to relax, without fearing excessive fees for PCR tests,”…

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