The US tightens the rules for travelers from China
Starting January 5, visitors to the United States from China must be able to show a negative corona test, no older than two days, before they can travel into the country.
This is according to officials from the health authorities of the United States.
The requirement applies to travelers who are at least two years old and flying from either China, Macau or Hong Kong.
The United States is therefore provisionally the fifth country to introduce new entry restrictions from China. The others are India, Italy, Japan and Taiwan.
The demand comes after China significantly eased the country’s strict corona restrictions.
At the same time, it is difficult to get information about China’s corona number. US health authorities are concerned that a rapidly increasing infection in China could lead to new variants.
The authorities justify the fear of increasing infection with the fact that there is a large proportion of the Chinese population that has not been exposed to the coronavirus. The omicron infectious variant has also entered the country.
At the same time, China lifted the country’s testing and lockdown rules, which were some of the most intrusive in the world.
The United States believes this could lead to widespread infection and hospitalization in China.
According to the American health authorities, it is, for example, more difficult to form a picture of how many are infected, when fewer now have to be tested in China.
The rules were loosened after there were protests against the corona rules in China earlier this month.
Some experts in global health are concerned that up to a million people in China could now be infected every day.
Models also predict that China could potentially experience two million or more corona-related deaths.
There are nine vaccines available in China that are approved domestically. But none of them have been updated to the omicron variant.
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