Starting January 5, travelers from China will be required to undergo a coronavirus test before entering the United States. The CDC announced this on Wednesday.
From that date, all air passengers aged two years and above must show a negative test taken two days before departure. Travelers who test positive ten days prior to departure for the United States are allowed to use proof of recovery to enter the country. This requirement also applies to people from the autonomous regions of Hong Kong and Macau.
After a wave of protests, China has lifted almost all coronavirus measures in recent weeks. This leads to more infections in a country that has had a very strict policy for more than two years. According to a press agency Bloomberg 37 million people were infected in a single day last week. Crematories in Beijing were previously known to be working overtime, among other things.
Earlier, it appeared that travelers from China also tested negative for Corona in Italy demands. Taiwan wants to start screening travelers from China from January 1.
Japan will operate flights from China to a maximum of four airports from Friday. Passengers coming from China should undergo a corona test there. This does not apply to people from Macau and Hong Kong.
Germany and the Netherlands still see no reason for new measures. “We are watching it closely. If we get a signal from the RIVM that action is needed, we are ready,” a health ministry spokesman said. “Those signals are no longer there.”