International travelers 'may need to test Covid negative before flying to US'

International travelers 'may need to test Covid negative before flying to US'

January 12, 2021

INTERNATIONAL travelers may need to test Covid negative before flying to the United States, according to reports.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could issue the order as soon as Tuesday, after weeks of discussions in the White House.

Travelers are then expected to be swabbed from January 26, a person familiar with the source told the Wall Street Journal.

Tests will also be mandatory for US citizens who are returning from foreign countries.

As of December 24, the Trump administration forced travelers from the United Kingdom to be tested, following concerns of a super strain in the country.

According to those guidelines, all travelers flying into the United States from the UK were required to obtain a negative Covid test within 72 hours of their departure time.

Following the decision, Brett Giroir, the US Assistant Secretary for Health told MSNBC: "I think that probably should be extended to other countries."

Since the order was issued, the super strain has been found in the United States.

Over the past week, the country has recorded 21,752 deaths, 3,500 of these happened on Saturday, according to the COVID-19 tracking Project.

As of Tuesday, 22.7million Americans had Covid, with at least 370,000 have succumbed to the virus.

The seven-day average for deaths also broke a new record reaching 3,091.

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