The United States is set to introduce newer and stricter testing rules for international travelers in response to the omicron variant of Covid, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said it is preparing a new strategy .
It comes shortly after US President Joe Biden said the country would not fight the virus this winter with “closures or lockdowns, but with widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more.”
Meanwhile, Austria has extended its nationwide lockdown by 10 days, bringing the total duration to 20 days so far.
The omicron variant has now been detected in at least 19 countries since November 24, when the World Health Organization (WHO) called it a “variant of concern”.
These countries and territories include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, France (Réunion), South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the nation “will support the men and women of our NHS, who have saved so many lives on the front lines, and will run our vaccination program for almost a year without interruption, and who are returning in the breach once again ”.
Austria extends Covid-19 containment by 10 days
Austria extended its coronavirus-induced national lockdown by 10 days after Austria’s parliamentary committee gave the green light.
The country decided to close its borders last week after witnessing a daily increase in Covid-19 infections.
The western European country recorded 8,186 cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, a notch down from the latest record of 9,586 in November last year. Just a week before, Covid-19 cases in the country had surpassed 15,000, forcing authorities to impose a lockdown. Since then, cases have gradually dropped to 9,000 and now below.
Almost 67% of the country’s population has been vaccinated against the virus as authorities fight the reluctance to vaccinate which has been reinforced by the far-right Freedom Party in Austria.
Arpan RaiDecember 1, 2021 4:34 AM
Omicron to bring tough new testing rules to US as Biden suggests quarantine for all
International travelers entering the United States will now face strict testing procedures as the new omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to spread across countries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they were working to force all travelers to be tested within the day before boarding their flight to the United States as they continue to learn more about the new variant. highly transmissible. He said: “The CDC is working to change the current global test order for travel as we learn more about the Omicron variant; a revised order would shorten the timeframe for required tests for all international air travelers to one day before departure for the United States. The rules will apply to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. It comes shortly after US President Joe Biden said he would share the detailed US strategy outlining how the country will tackle Covid-19 this winter. “… Not with closures or blockages, but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, tests and more. “