Travellers to England, Scotland to require negative Covid-19 tests


London, Jan 9 | All international travellers, including British nationals, will require a negative coronavirus test from next week onwards to be allowed to enter England and Scotland, the UK government announced.

The test will have to be taken up to 72 hours before their departure and failure to comply will result in an immediate fine of 500 pounds ($678), Xinhua news agency quoted a government statement as saying on Friday.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said all inbound passengers arriving by boat, plane or train will have to take a test.

“We already have significant measures in place to prevent imported cases of Covid-19, but with new strains of the virus developing internationally we must take further precautions,” Shapps said.

“Taken together with the existing mandatory self-isolation period for passengers returning from high-risk countries, pre-departure tests will provide a further line of defence, helping us control the virus as we roll out the vaccine at pace over the coming weeks,” he said.

There will be a limited number of exemptions to the new requirements, including for hauliers, children under 11, crews and for those who travel from countries without the infrastructure available to deliver the tests.

There will also be no need for pre-departure testing for arrivals from the Common Travel Area with Ireland.

Meanwhile, passengers arriving from countries not on the government’s travel corridor list will need to self-isolate for 10 days regardless of their pre-departure test result, according to the government statement.

The new rules currently only apply to England and Scotland.

The UK Department for Transport is said to be working with the devolved administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland to roll out similar measures.

On Friday, the country reported 1,162 new coronavirus-related deaths, the highest single-day spike since April 21, 2020.

This brought the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Britain to 79,965.

The UK also recorded another 52,618 coronavirus cases, bringing the total number to 2,966,235.

Source: IANS

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From being a developer to a CEO in California, Manthan Dudeja's top tips to make money while you're still in college

From being a developer to a CEO in California, Manthan Dudeja's top tips to make money while you're still in college

Gone are the days when one had to finish school, college and subsequent years in getting trained to be able to sustain oneself with decent income. Today, what you earn eventually depends upon your skillset and how early you got started to build an expertise in your domain.

Manthan Dudeja, who currently lives in California and is still in his graduation years, understood the perks of starting early and is now a CEO who has worked across a plethora of jobs, from IoS programming to website development and blogging to trying his hand at Amazon Associates.

In conversation with this dynamic entrepreneur, let’s decode the various options for freshers to make a side income while they are still in school/college –

  • Content writer/Editor

Manthan explains how he started off by writing for blogs with whatever knowledge he had and with the help of internet, this could be by either writing for your own online blog, for instance Manthan was interested in Tech, so he was writing for his blog ‘TechCrack‘ or for someone else in the capacity of a content writer.

It’s not difficult to get started if you have the basic understanding to develop a ‘flow’ while writing a piece and the skill to write what suits your target audience.

  • Software developers/ Programmers/ Coders – Today, software/app developers are earning more than the average of $60 an hour by working remotely. There are a host of online paid/free platforms providing trainings to acquire such skills, Manthan has been an app/website developer for the longest time and by far, this skill has given him the best results for his work.
  • Digital Marketer/ E-Marketer-

Your journey to become a digital marketer starts the day you take the step of self-educating yourself and learning the tricks to attract potential customers either by way of Google, Facebook, or any other digital platform by a host of scalable ways on the internet, undoubtedly, digital marketing is the hottest online work from home concept of this decade.

Manthan is today a successful digital marketer who has equipped himself with the advanced knowledge of online ads on various mediums and has effectively used these skills to generate incredible revenue over time.

These are some of the best ways to get started, according to Manthan, all



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