The Trump administration is demanding that travellers from the UK get a detrimental coronavirus take a look at 72 hours earlier than flying to the US, underneath 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 most recent 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, the US president, is because of signal an order placing the brand new restrictions in place on Friday, although they won’t take impact till Monday.
The US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention mentioned 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 nations took related measures to limit motion from the UK. Greater than 50 nations have now banned journey from Britain altogether after a warning from Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, in regards to the new 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 chargeable for a sudden spike in circumstances in London and the encompassing counties over the previous few days.
France reopened its border earlier this week to anybody who checks detrimental, after a 48-hour closure which prompted large disruption to British-French freight routes.
The Trump administration had already minimize journey from the UK by 90 per cent after imposing an entry ban in March on anybody who had been in Britain through 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 latest days, both by banning flights outright or imposing testing necessities.
Mr Cuomo 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 similar mistake the federal authorities made that killed hundreds of individuals,” he mentioned.
Below the brand new guidelines, anybody flying from the UK will probably be required to take both a PCR take a look at or a extra fast antigen take a look at and supply written affirmation of a detrimental consequence to their airline. Airways will probably be required to substantiate the detrimental 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 on account of impose related restrictions, together with United Airways and Delta Air Strains.