September 24, 2020
Brits who do not have symptoms of Covid-19 are taking advantage of the already overstretched NHS testing service so they can jet off on holiday to Cyprus. 
Brit Holidaymakers Jetting Off To Cyprus Are Clogging Up NHS Covid Testing System
The island in the Mediterranean, which has recorded less than 2,000 cases of Coronavirus, requires travellers from the UK to hand over a negative Covid-19 test result upon arrival. 
The government has explicitly told Brits not to use up NHS tests to get the green light to go on holiday, with the Test and Trace system already so backed up that sick people are being asked to travel hundreds of miles to be swabbed for the virus. 
Guidelines say that Brits looking for some Cypriot sun should instead fork out for their own private Covid-19 tests, which usually cost between £100 and £200 – and many are. 
But a number of people are actively fiddling the system in order to get the negative result they need to guarantee their trip to Cyprus. In a Facebook group about travelling to Cyprus, one man described how he and his partner had used the NHS testing service in Scotland to go on holiday. 
“The tests centres are empty at the moment and the results were received after 25 hours only,” he wrote. 
“Yes it’s true you are not supposed to be using these tests for travel purposes but in many cases like ours we had no choice. Get a free test and get the results quickly or lose £1,800.“The price for private tests in the UK right now is nothing but a joke. £150 a head in most cases where Cyprus offer tests at 60 euros each and guarantee results in 24 hours.”  
Meanwhile, a second person tweeted: “I’m in Cyprus, had a free test on NHS, great service. Finally repaid some of the thousands I invest in it.” 
Another wrote on Facebook: “I did use the NHS for a test when I went in September but now I’m going back in October I have booked a private test.
“If people want to use the NHS it’s up to them and people should keep their nose out of other people’s business, especially when they have done exactly the same thing. Maybe some people are on a very tight budget and can not afford a private test.” 
The High Commission of Cyprus in the UK has also confirmed that the country will accept NHS test results from British travellers. In an update on its website, the commission wrote: “NHS for #covid19 will be accepted in order to travel from UK to Cyprus.
“Travellers with negative NHS test need to have both their NHS test appointment booking and the NHS COVID-19 negative result notification. Result not more than 72 hours before departure.” 
But the government has warned that holidaymakers should not be taking advantage of the NHS system.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care told HuffPost UK: “Only people with symptoms should be requesting a test – we all need to play our part to protect the NHS Test and Trace service for those who really need it.
“If you’re not eligible to get a test you can continue to protect yourself, loved ones and the public by washing your hands, wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces, practicing social distancing and self-isolating if you may have come into contact with the virus.”Related... Just 10% Of Covid Tests Now Get Results Within 24 Hours Workers Can Have Wages Topped Up If Hours Cut, Announces Rishi Sunak Students May Be Told To Stay On Campus For Christmas, Confirms Matt Hancock  
 
 
 
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
TikTok Star Bryce Hall Involved In Restaurant Brawl Caught On Video | TMZ
October 20, 2020
_keS-M4Ju7c
Ciara's Got 3 MASSIVE Dogs! | TMZ TV
October 20, 2020
jl53HHPMng4
DJ Paul Says Three 6 Mafia Will Stop KY Show If Fans Don't Social Distance
October 20, 2020
DxdpeR2Q5-0
Kim Kardashian's Very First E! Interview: Rewind | E! News
October 21, 2020
A01MwO_2k0U
"Bachelorette" Fail, Kim K.'s Monopoly & Courteney's Love Sick
October 20, 2020
0IGdE7aiJsc
Rumer Willis & Amber Rose Talk Consent on "Red Table Talk"
October 20, 2020
-LvW2DvEw0Y
Jordin Sparks reminisces on her 'American Idol' red carpet look | Page Six Celebrity News
October 20, 2020
jY7lZfiALf4
Kristin Cavallari knew viral Stephen Colletti post would cause a ‘commotion’ | Page Six News
October 20, 2020
QO1hcxcwHoc
John Stamos volunteers to join #HappyDays reunion as Chachi | Page Six Celebrity News
October 20, 2020
xCqwNFpUBFA
What To Expect from Q3 Media Earnings
October 20, 2020
7vExBnxdx9M
Noah Jupe Talks Working With Steven Soderbergh During the Pandemic and 'The Undoing'
October 20, 2020
KDbPm3AqR1A
How Emma Corrin Found Princess Diana's Voice in 'The Crown' Season 4
October 20, 2020
AR7sTFge7Nc
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
20
Oct
ENGLAND: Championship
Norwich City - Birmingham
20
Oct
ENGLAND: Championship
Coventry - Swansea City
20
Oct
ENGLAND: Championship
Nottingham Forest - Rotherham
20
Oct
ENGLAND: Championship
Millwall - Luton
20
Oct
ENGLAND: Championship
Huddersfield - Derby County
20
Oct
ENGLAND: Championship
Reading - Wycombe Wanderers
20
Oct
ENGLAND: Championship
Bristol City - Middlesbrough
19
Oct
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leeds - Wolves
19
Oct
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Bromwich Albion - Burnley
19
Oct
ITALY: Serie A
Verona - Genoa
18
Oct
ITALY: Serie A
Roma - Benevento
18
Oct
ENGLAND: Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur - West Ham United
18
Oct
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leicester City - Aston Villa
18
Oct
ENGLAND: Premier League
Crystal Palace - Brighton
18
Oct
ENGLAND: Championship
Preston NE - Cardiff City
18
Oct
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Betis - Real Sociedad
18
Oct
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Koln - Eintracht Frankfurt
18
Oct
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Schalke - Union Berlin
18
Oct
ENGLAND: Premier League
Sheffield United - Fulham
18
Oct
SPAIN: La Liga
Alaves - Elche
18
Oct
SPAIN: La Liga
Huesca - Real Valladolid
18
Oct
ITALY: Serie A
Udinese - Parma
18
Oct
SPAIN: La Liga
Villarreal - Valencia
18
Oct
ITALY: Serie A
Spezia - Fiorentina
18
Oct
ITALY: Serie A
Torino - Cagliari
18
Oct
SPAIN: La Liga
Athletic Bilbao - Levante
18
Oct
SPAIN: La Liga
Eibar - Osasuna
18
Oct
ITALY: Serie A
Bologna - Sassuolo
17
Oct
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Arsenal
17
Oct
ITALY: Serie A
Inter Milan - AC Milan
17
Oct
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Arminia Bielefeld - Bayern Munich
17
Oct
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Hoffenheim - Borussia Dortmund
17
Oct
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Southampton
17
Oct
ENGLAND: Premier League
Newcastle United - Manchester United
17
Oct
SPAIN: La Liga
Getafe - Barcelona
17
Oct
ITALY: Serie A
Crotone - Juventus
17
Oct
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Madrid - Cadiz
17
Oct
SPAIN: La Liga
Celta Vigo - Atletico Madrid
17
Oct
ITALY: Serie A
Napoli - Atalanta
17
Oct
ENGLAND: Premier League
Everton - Liverpool
17
Oct
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Borussia Monchengladbach - Wolfsburg
17
Oct
GERMANY: Bundesliga
SC Freiburg - Werder Bremen
17
Oct
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Hertha Berlin - Stuttgart
17
Oct
ENGLAND: Championship
Bournemouth - QPR
17
Oct
ENGLAND: Championship
Middlesbrough - Reading
17
Oct
ENGLAND: Championship
Birmingham - Sheffield Wednesday
17
Oct
ENGLAND: Championship
Blackburn - Nottingham Forest
17
Oct
ENGLAND: Championship
Barnsley - Bristol City
17
Oct
ENGLAND: Championship
Wycombe Wanderers - Millwall
17
Oct
ENGLAND: Championship
Luton - Stoke City
17
Oct
ENGLAND: Championship
Swansea City - Huddersfield
17
Oct
ENGLAND: Championship
Brentford - Coventry
17
Oct
ENGLAND: Championship
Rotherham - Norwich City
17
Oct
ITALY: Serie A
Sampdoria - Lazio
15
Oct
GERMANY: National cup
Duren Merzenich - Bayern Munich
13
Oct
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Germany - Switzerland
10
Oct
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Ukraine - Germany
04
Oct
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester United - Tottenham Hotspur
04
Oct
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Sheffield United
04
Oct
ENGLAND: Premier League
Aston Villa - Liverpool
04
Oct
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Bayern Munich - Hertha Berlin
04
Oct
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Sevilla
04
Oct
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Spezia
04
Oct
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - Inter Milan
04
Oct
SPAIN: La Liga
Levante - Real Madrid
03
Oct
ITALY: Serie A
Udinese - Roma
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
zWJ3MxW_HWA L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.