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United States requires UK passengers to get negative test

United States requires UK passengers to get negative test”

All airline passengers arriving in the U.S. from the United Kingdom are to be required to test negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of departure amid concerns about a new coronavirus variant.

The U.S.is the latest country to announce new travel restrictions because of a new variant of the coronavirus that is spreading in Britain and elsewhere.

Passengers are required to get a viral test within three days before their flight from the United Kingdom to the United States departs, and provide written documentation of their laboratory test result to the airline, said the CDC in a statement late Thursday night.

The decision follows the emergence of a highly infectious new coronavirus variant in Britain that has prompted many countries to shut their borders to travelers from there.

The agency said because of travel restrictions in place since March, air travel to the US from the U.K.is already down by 90%.

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"I'm only a governor, but I will do anything I can to protect the people of the state of New York", Cuomo said during a news briefing from Albany on Monday.

Airlines must also confirm the negative test results for all passengers before they are allowed to travel.

"Many people will miss the test 72 hours before the flight", said Dr. Peter Hotez, an infectious disease specialist at Baylor College of Medicine, indicating that the new variant appeared in the United Kingdom three months ago and is likely already in the US. But Johnson stressed "there's no evidence to suggest it is more lethal or causes more severe illness", or that vaccines will be less effective against it. "While New Jersey continues to strongly discourage all non-essential travel at this time, if unavoidable, global travelers should adhere to CDC guidance for pre- and post-flight testing and the recommended self-quarantine period".

In lieu of an outright ban, Cuomo earlier this week persuaded Virgin, British Airways and Delta to also require their British passengers to present negative coronavirus tests before traveling to NY.

Britain has been under considerable pressure since the word of the new variant of the virus was made public. France relaxed its coronavirus-related ban on trucks from Britain on Tuesday after a two-day standoff that had stranded thousands of drivers and raised fears of Christmastime food shortages in the UK.



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