The CDC introduced new coronavirus testing necessities late Thursday night for airline passengers from the UK.
WASHINGTON — Beginning subsequent week, all vacationers flying to the US from the UK must present a unfavorable COVID-19 check earlier than their flight.
The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention introduced the brand new coronavirus testing requirement late Thursday night.
The measure is being taken to curb the unfold of a brand new pressure of the coronavirus that has surfaced within the U.Okay. and seems to be extra transmissible than different strains. The transfer stops wanting an outright ban on flights from the U.Okay., which different international locations have carried out.
Passengers will be required to get a viral test — that means one that may detect present coronavirus infections — inside three days earlier than their flight from the U.Okay. to the U.S., the CDC mentioned. Vacationers can be required to offer written proof of the consequence to their airline. Each PCR and antigen exams can be allowed.
The CDC mentioned the order can be signed on Christmas Day and can go into impact on Monday, Dec. 28.
“This new order is in keeping with the measures which have been taken up to now to extend our capability to detect and comprise COVID-19 proactively and aggressively,” the CDC mentioned in a press release.
Federal officers took motion after some native officers carried out testing necessities and name on the federal authorities to do the state.
Hours earlier than the CDC’s announcement, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and United Airways mentioned vacationers to Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport from the UK must present a unfavorable COVID-19 check.
United mentioned it’s presently working 4 every day flights this month from Heathrow to Chicago, Newark, Washington and San Francisco. Subsequent month it would function two every day flights to Newark and Chicago.
This week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo mentioned three airways with scheduled flights from London to New York — British Airways, Delta and Virgin Atlantic — had agreed to require passengers to take a COVID-19 check earlier than they get on the aircraft. He additionally had known as on the federal authorities to briefly halt all flights from the U.Okay.
“Viruses consistently change by means of mutation, and preliminary evaluation within the U.Okay. means that this new variant could also be as much as 70% extra transmissible than beforehand circulating variants,” the CDC’s announcement on Christmas Eve mentioned.