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, changing into the most recent 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 mentioned 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 soar in circumstances in London and the encompassing counties over the previous few days.
France reopened its border earlier this week to anybody who assessments damaging, after a 48-hour closure which prompted 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 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.
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 similar mistake the federal authorities made that killed 1000’s of individuals,” he mentioned.
Below the foundations, anybody flying from the UK will likely 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 outcome to their airline. Airways will likely be required to verify 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 as a result of impose comparable restrictions, together with United Airways and Delta Air Traces.