U.S. to Require Negative Coronavirus Test from Airline Passengers Traveling from U.K.

By Kurt Stolz on 25 December 2020
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Passengers at Heathrow preparing to board a BA flight to N.Y.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that it would require a negative test from passengers traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States.

The action follows the discovery of a new variant of the novel coronavirus , or SARS-CoV-2, that may be up to 70% more transmissible than previously known variants.

The government will require a PCR or Antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure in order to be allowed to travel.

Over the past week, numerous countries have barred travelers from the United Kingdom from entering their borders in an effort to stem the spread of the new mutation.

The new requirement goes into effect Monday.

Scientists and researchers are unsure whether the new strain is already in the United States but epidemiologists say it’s undoubtedly already arrived.

Earlier in the week, Governor Andrew Cuomo asked airlines that fly passengers to New York State to require tests for Covid-19.   Delta Air Lines and British Airways immediately complied with the request.

The governor also asked hospitals and labs to begin to test for it.

“If it’s here we want to know it—we want to isolate it immediately,” he said. “Chances are, if it’s been moving globally, it came here.”

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