The Trump administration is demanding that travellers from the UK get a unfavorable coronavirus check 72 hours earlier than flying to the US, below new restrictions designed to cease the unfold of the brand new pressure of the illness.
The US authorities introduced the measure on Thursday evening, turning into the newest nation to impose journey restrictions on British travellers for the reason that discovery of the extra contagious pressure, which has ripped through the south-east of England.
Donald Trump, US president, is because of signal an order placing the restrictions in place on Friday, although they won’t take impact till Monday.
The US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention stated in an announcement: “This extra testing requirement will fortify our safety of the American public to enhance their well being and security and guarantee accountable worldwide journey.”
The US transfer comes after a number of different international locations took comparable measures to limit motion from the UK. Greater than 50 international locations have now banned journey from Britain altogether after a warning from Boris Johnson, British prime minister, concerning the extremely infectious coronavirus variant.
Scientists say the brand new pressure is as much as 70 per cent extra transmissible than others and consider it’s liable for a sudden bounce in circumstances in London and the encircling counties over the previous few days.
France reopened its border earlier this week to anybody who exams unfavorable, after a 48-hour closure which brought on big disruption to British-French freight routes.
The Trump administration had already reduce journey from the UK by 90 per cent after imposing an entry ban in March on anybody who had been in Britain in the course of the earlier 14 days. That ban doesn’t apply to US residents nonetheless, or anybody who’s granted an exemption for causes of “nationwide curiosity”.
Some politicians have referred to as on the federal authorities to tighten the restrictions in current days, both by banning flights outright or imposing testing necessities.
Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, earlier this week accused the Trump administration of failing to behave shortly sufficient to limit journey from Britain. “That is what occurred within the spring. It’s déjà vu. It’s the identical mistake the federal authorities made that killed 1000’s of individuals,” he stated.
Underneath the principles, anybody flying from the UK will likely be required to take both a polymerase chain response check or a extra speedy antigen check and supply written affirmation of a unfavorable outcome to their airline. Airways will likely be required to verify the unfavorable outcomes, and to ban any traveller who refuses to take a check.
A number of US air carriers had already introduced they had been resulting from impose comparable restrictions, together with United Airways and Delta Air Strains.