The Trump administration is demanding that travellers from the UK get a unfavourable coronavirus check 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 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 consider it’s answerable for a sudden leap in circumstances in London and the encompassing counties over the previous few days.
France reopened its border earlier this week to anybody who checks unfavourable, after a 48-hour closure which brought about enormous 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 throughout 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 latest 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 rapidly 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 will likely be required to take both a polymerase chain response check or a extra fast antigen check and supply written affirmation of a unfavourable consequence to their airline. Airways will likely be required to substantiate the unfavourable outcomes, and to ban any traveller who refuses to take a check.
A number of US air carriers had already introduced they have been as a consequence of impose comparable restrictions, together with United Airways and Delta Air Strains.