Beginning on January 5, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require visitors from China to present negative coronavirus test results as part of new safeguards.
According to the CDC, ”The CDC is announcing this step to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the United States during the surge in COVID-19 cases in China given the lack of adequate and transparent epidemiological and viral genomic sequence data being reported from China.”
The decision by US authorities coincides with a concerning increase in illnesses in China.
Earlier, US authorities expressed worry about the openness of data flowing from China regarding new instances.
Additionally, travelers boarding planes from Hong Kong and Macau to the US will need to show proof of a negative test.
A PCR test or an antigen self-administered test is required for travelers 2 and older, and they must be monitored by a telehealth service or a licensed clinician no later than two days before their departure, notification mentioned.
Passengers are subject to the obligation regardless of nationality or vaccination status, according to the notification.
Whereas, China announced erasing of coronavirus management on 8 January, with the National Health Commission (NHC) saying Beijing will also not impose quarantine on those entering the country.