U.S. to require folks flying from the UK to check destructive for Covid, CDC says


A view of signage resulting in one of many testing facilities at Heathrow Airport on December 22, 2020 in London, England.

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The USA will start requiring folks flying in from the U.Okay. to check destructive for Covid-19 not more than 72 hours earlier than departure, the CDC stated in a late Thursday assertion.

The announcement comes after the U.Okay. earlier this week stated it recognized a new strain of Covid-19 that seems to unfold extra shortly. The CDC stated President Donald Trump will signal the order on Friday, Christmas Day, and the measure will go into impact beginning Monday.

The CDC stated passengers must present airways with documentation of their lab outcomes from both polymerase chain response (PCR) or antigen exams.

Airways would even have to substantiate that passengers have examined destructive earlier than boarding, the company stated. They might even have to dam passengers from boarding in the event that they refuse to take a check.

Earlier this week, Delta Air Traces, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways started requiring passengers to test negative before boarding flights bound for New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. United Airways additionally requires destructive check outcomes for passengers flying from London Heathrow to its hubs in Newark, New Jersey, Washington D.C., or Chicago.

The brand new pressure spurred dozens of countries to swiftly restrict travel from the U.K. in efforts to stop the pressure from coming into their very own borders. The U.S. had already restricted travel from the U.K. in March, barring foreigners who had been within the nation prior to now two weeks.

The World Well being Group stated, nonetheless, the brand new variant has additionally been detected in Australia, Denmark, Italy, Iceland and the Netherlands.

Earlier this week, the CDC instructed the brand new pressure might already be circulating within the U.S. undetected. Whereas the variant has not but been discovered within the nation, the CDC famous that the U.S. has solely sequenced a fraction of Covid infections.