US mandate covid-19 negative test for travellers from China
The United States will require negative Covid tests from all air travellers from China, saying Beijing is not sharing enough information about the surge in coronavirus cases there, health officials said Wednesday.
“all air passengers two years and older originating from China will be required to get a test no more than two days before their departure from China, Hong Kong and Macau, and show a negative test result to the airlines upon departure from January 5,” a federal health official said.
“The recent rapid increase in Covid-19 transmission in China increases the potential for new variants emerging,” the official told reporters in a phone briefing.
The official said, Beijing has provided only limited data about circulating variants in China to global databases, and testing and reporting on new cases have also diminished.
“Based on this lack of available data, it’s harder for US public health officials to identify new variants spreading to the United States,” the official said.
“The United States is taking deliberative proactive steps to protect Americans’ public health, and be on alert for any potential Covid-19 variants emerging,” the official said.