The Trump administration is demanding that travellers from the UK get a damaging coronavirus take a look at 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 night time, turning into the newest nation to impose journey restrictions on British travellers because the 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 a press release: “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 imagine it’s chargeable for a sudden bounce in circumstances in London and the encompassing counties over the previous few days.
France reopened its border earlier this week to anybody who exams damaging, after a 48-hour closure which induced 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 nevertheless, or anybody who’s granted an exemption for causes of “nationwide curiosity”.
Some politicians have known 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 hundreds of individuals,” he stated.
Below the foundations, anybody flying from the UK shall be required to take both a polymerase chain response take a look at or a extra fast antigen take a look at and supply written affirmation of a damaging consequence to their airline. Airways shall be required to substantiate the damaging outcomes, and to ban any traveller who refuses to take a take a look at.
A number of US air carriers had already introduced they have been because of impose comparable restrictions, together with United Airways and Delta Air Traces.