Heathrow airport is hoping new temperature screening technology it is trialling in Terminal 2 will make the two-week quarantine for incoming visitors unnecessary.

The thermal imaging cameras will scan everyone arriving into the terminal and the data will be used by the UK government to help devise its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sky News reports a spokesman for the airport as saying that it is hoped the technology will mean there is no need to impose a quarantine, as announced by the Prime Minister last week.

The temperature screening trials are part of a wider set of measures being tested by Heathrow in response to coronavirus which it hopes will minimise the transmission of the virus across borders.

If it proves successful in arrivals the cameras could be deployed in departures and connection areas.

Terminal 2 is predominantly used for services to and from Europe, so successful trials of the cameras could increase optimism that travel to popular holiday destinations will be possible this summer.