England, Scotland to require negative coronavirus test for arrivals

Arrivals to England and Scotland, including UK nationals, will be required to test negative for coronavirus before entering the country starting next week, news wires reported.

Passengers arriving by air, train or boat will have to show a negative test from no longer than 72 hours before their arrival, Britain's Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said early Friday. Anyone who cannot show a test result on arrival will have to pay a £500 ($680) on-the-spot fine.

Exceptions to the rules include lorry drivers and children under 11 years of age. Similar measures for Wales and Northern Ireland are expected to follow.

England has gone back into lockdown until 31 March, meaning there are few international arrivals.

The measures come after a further 1,162 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were reported in the UK - the second consecutive day of more than 1,000 recorded fatalities.

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