U.S. to Require COVID-19 Test From U.K. Travellers

(ATLANTA) — The United States would require airline passengers from Britain to get a unfavorable COVID-19 check earlier than their flight, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention introduced late Thursday.

The U.S. is the most recent nation to announce new journey restrictions due to a brand new variant of the coronavirus that’s spreading in Britain and elsewhere.

Airline passengers from the United Kingdom might want to get unfavorable COVID-19 checks inside three days of their journey and supply the outcomes to the airline, the CDC mentioned in an announcement. The company mentioned the order can be signed Friday and go into impact on Monday.

“If a passenger chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger,” the CDC mentioned in its assertion.

The company mentioned due to journey restrictions in place since March, air journey to the U.S. from the U.Okay. is already down by 90%.

Last weekend, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned the brand new variant of the coronavirus appeared to unfold extra simply than earlier ones and was transferring quickly via England. But Johnson pressured “there’s no evidence to suggest it is more lethal or causes more severe illness,” or that vaccines can be much less efficient in opposition to it.

This week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo mentioned three airways with flights from London to New York — British Airways, Delta and Virgin Atlantic — had agreed to require passengers to take a COVID-19 check earlier than getting on the aircraft. United Airlines on Thursday agreed to do the identical for its flights to Newark, New Jersey.

Britain has been beneath appreciable strain for the reason that phrase of the brand new variant of the virus was made public. Some 40 nations imposed journey bans on Britain, leaving the island nation more and more remoted.

France relaxed its coronavirus-related ban on vans from Britain on Tuesday after a two-day standoff that had stranded 1000’s of drivers and raised fears of Christmastime meals shortages within the U.Okay.

French authorities mentioned supply drivers may enter by ferry or tunnel supplied they confirmed proof of a unfavorable check for the virus.

But the French restrictions had been significantly worrisome, provided that Britain depends closely on its cross-Channel industrial hyperlinks to the continent for meals this time of 12 months.

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Source: time.com