White House considers Covid testing requirement for travelers from UK

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The talks come amid the discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus discovered in the UK and as many countries have suspended travel. US public health officials, including Dr Anthony Fauci, said they did not believe the situation currently justified the suspension of travel from the UK.

Officials discussed the possible requirement at a meeting of the coronavirus task force on Monday and officials are expected to present the option to President Donald Trump by Tuesday, officials said.

Three airlines have already agreed to apply a similar agreement with New York for flights arriving in this state.

The obligation under discussion at the White House would require passengers traveling from the United Kingdom to the United States to present proof of a negative coronavirus test administered within 48 or 72 hours of arriving in the United States.

Devin O’Malley, spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence, who heads the coronavirus task force, declined to comment on the task force discussions.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson held an emergency meeting with ministers on Monday after fears over the new variant of the coronavirus caused a chaotic border closure and saw British travelers excluded from dozens of countries in Europe and the whole world.

Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Delta Air Lines have agreed to test all passengers for Covid-19 before entering New York state, Governor Andrew Cuomo told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday evening.

CNN’s Nectar Gan, Luke McGee and Rob Picheta contributed to this report.

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