U.S. to require adverse virus take a look at from U.Okay. vacationers
ATLANTA — America would require airline passengers from Britain to get a adverse COVID-19 take a look at earlier than their flight, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention introduced late Thursday.
The U.S. is the newest nation to announce new journey restrictions due to a brand new variant of the coronavirus that’s spreading in Britain and elsewhere.
Airline passengers from the UK might want to get adverse COVID-19 assessments inside three days of their journey and supply the outcomes to the airline, the CDC stated in a press release. The company stated the order will likely be signed Friday and go into impact on Monday.
“If a passenger chooses to not take a take a look at, the airline should deny boarding to the passenger,” the CDC stated in its assertion.
The company stated due to journey restrictions in place since March, air journey to the U.S. from the U.Okay. is already down by 90%.
Final weekend, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated the brand new variant of the coronavirus appeared to unfold extra simply than earlier ones and was transferring quickly by way of England. However Johnson confused “there’s no proof to counsel it’s extra deadly or causes extra extreme sickness,” or that vaccines will likely be much less efficient in opposition to it.
This week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated three airways with flights from London to New York — British Airways, Delta and Virgin Atlantic — had agreed to require passengers to take a COVID-19 take a look at earlier than getting on the aircraft. United Airways on Thursday agreed to do the identical for its flights to Newark, New Jersey.
Britain has been beneath appreciable stress for the reason that phrase of the brand new variant of the virus was made public. Some 40 nations imposed journey bans on Britain, leaving the island nation more and more remoted.
France relaxed its coronavirus-related ban on vehicles from Britain on Tuesday after a two-day standoff that had stranded 1000’s of drivers and raised fears of Christmastime meals shortages within the U.Okay.
French authorities stated supply drivers might enter by ferry or tunnel supplied they confirmed proof of a adverse take a look at for the virus.
However the French restrictions had been notably worrisome, on condition that Britain depends closely on its cross-Channel business hyperlinks to the continent for meals this time of 12 months.
Coronavirus empties streets of previous Athens
ATHENS, Greece — It’s been some time since guests to Greece sought out souvenirs in Athens’ oldest neighborhood.
The winding streets of Plaka, laid out lengthy earlier than the town imported a grid system, are lined with closed shops behind aluminum shutters. The coronavirus pandemic has saved vacationers away from the historic metropolis middle that types a semi-circle across the Acropolis, and the realm remained unusually devoid of pedestrians and motorists earlier than Christmas.
Of their absence, historical monuments are somewhat simpler to make out from a distance, fewer horns are sounding in site visitors and homeless cats parked in entrance of cafes are rather less aloof.
Greece to this point has imposed two nationwide lockdowns for the reason that begin of the pandemic. The primary, within the spring, saved the nation’s an infection charges low. Authorities ordered the second in response to a speedy post-summer rise in reported instances and as of Christmas Eve has seen 4,457 confirmed virus-related deaths.
The restrictions have closed bars, eating places, espresso retailers and plenty of different companies thought-about non-essential however which make up a big slice of Greece’s tourism-dependent economic system.
The variety of guests touring to the nation plummeted 76.1% through the first 10 months of 2020 in comparison with a 12 months earlier. Spending sank 77%, in accordance with central financial institution knowledge launched this week.
Greece is predicted to see a ten.5% contraction of its gross home product this 12 months in comparison with the forecasted EU common of seven.4%, whereas its debt-to-GDP ratio is ready to surge to a staggering 208.9%.