US to require people flying from the UK to test for Covid

The Trump administration is demanding that travellers from the UK get a damaging coronavirus take a look at 72 hours earlier than flying to the US, underneath new restrictions designed to cease the unfold of the brand new pressure of the illness.

The US authorities introduced the measure on Thursday evening, changing into the most recent nation to impose journey restrictions on British travellers because the discovery of the extra contagious pressure, which has ripped by means of the south-east of England.

Donald Trump, US president, is because of signal an order placing the restrictions in place on Friday, although they won’t take impact till Monday.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated in a press release: “This additional testing requirement will fortify our protection of the American public to improve their health and safety and ensure responsible international travel.”

The US transfer comes after a number of different international locations took comparable measures to limit motion from the UK. More than 50 international locations have now banned journey from Britain altogether after a warning from Boris Johnson, British prime minister, concerning the extremely infectious coronavirus variant.

Scientists say the brand new pressure is as much as 70 per cent extra transmissible than others and consider it’s liable for a sudden soar in circumstances in London and the encircling counties over the previous few days.

France reopened its border earlier this week to anybody who checks damaging, after a 48-hour closure which precipitated enormous disruption to British-French freight routes.

The Trump administration had already reduce journey from the UK by 90 per cent after imposing an entry ban in March on anybody who had been in Britain throughout the earlier 14 days. That ban doesn’t apply to US residents nevertheless, or anybody who’s granted an exemption for causes of “national interest”.

Some politicians have referred to as on the federal authorities to tighten the restrictions in current days, both by banning flights outright or imposing testing necessities.

Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, earlier this week accused the Trump administration of failing to behave rapidly sufficient to limit journey from Britain. “This is what happened in the spring. It is déjà vu. It is the same mistake the federal government made that killed thousands of people,” he stated.

Under the principles, anybody flying from the UK can be required to take both a polymerase chain response take a look at or a extra speedy antigen take a look at and supply written affirmation of a damaging consequence to their airline. Airlines can be required to verify the damaging outcomes, and to ban any traveller who refuses to take a take a look at.

Several US air carriers had already introduced they have been resulting from impose comparable restrictions, together with United Airlines and Delta Air Lines.