The US and Italy have announced mandatory Covid-19 testing for travelers coming from China.
The announcement comes after China suddenly lifted strict measures to contain the coronavirus and saw a spike in cases.
Hospitals in China are overflowing with people infected with the coronavirus, which has hit the elderly particularly hard.
Citing the need to protect the health of Americans, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that starting January 5, airlines will provide a new negative covid test to all air passengers arriving in China before departure. Have to do.’
A senior US Department of Health official told reporters in a briefing that the recent rapid increase in the transmission of the coronavirus in China raises the possibility of a new variant emerging.
However, Beijing has provided limited data to the global database, and its testing and reporting of new cases has slowed, the official said.
This US move comes after Italy, Japan, India and Malaysia announced measures to prevent the new variant of Covid-19 from China.
Italy’s Health Minister Orazio Schalci has said that “I have ordered a mandatory Covid-19 vaccine for all travelers arriving from China and passing through Italy.”
Taiwan says it will screen passengers arriving from Beijing.
Dirk de Fau, mayor of Bruges, the capital of Belgium, which is popular with Chinese tourists, stressed the need for corona tests or vaccinations for Chinese travelers.
He said that the rate of infection is still very high. I think we have to work either with vaccination certificates or with tests.
Chinese citizens welcomed the announcement of an end to Beijing’s strict quarantine rules for travelers.
The hospital’s emergency wards in Tianjin saw dozens of patients being treated, most of them elderly.
A doctor confirmed that ‘Yes, all of them are suffering from corona virus.’
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