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NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP: A lateral flow change AND contactless limit on cards increases to £100


LATERAL FLOW CHANGE: Fully vaccinated people arriving in England from countries not on the red list can take a cheaper and quicker lateral flow test rather than the PCR version from October 24.

The change to the post-arrival day two test will come into effect for those returning from half-term breaks. Passengers must upload a photo of their test and booking reference supplied by the private provider to verify results as soon as possible, with free confirmatory NHS PCR tests for any positive cases, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said.

Eligible travellers will be able to order lateral flow tests from private testing providers, with a list of approved private providers going live on GOV.UK on October 22.

Passengers are also able to book to have a test which they can take on their arrival into the UK at testing centres located in some airports.

Anyone who tests positive will need to self-isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said about the lateral flow change: “We want to make going abroad easier and cheaper, whether you’re travelling for work or visiting friends and family.

“Lateral flow tests will be available later this month for those returning from half-term holidays.

“This change to testing is only possible thanks to the incredible progress of our vaccination programme, which means we can safely open up travel as we learn to live with the virus.”

The Queen has appeared to suggest she is irritated by a lack of action in tackling the climate crisis. Her remarks emerged in clips of a conversation filmed on a phone camera during a trip to Cardiff for the opening of the Welsh Senedd. It comes as the monarch's grandson - Prince William criticised the space race, saying the world's greatest minds need to focus on trying to fix their own planet instead.

Shoppers can now make payments of up to one hundred pounds with a single tap of their card. The contactless card payment limit has increased from forty five pounds to one hundred pounds, with some banks allowing their customers to set their own limits. It may not be an immediate transition though as many retailers' terminals will need to be updated so the option will not be available everywhere immediately.

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