COVID-19: United States Tightens Travel Test Rules As Omicron Variant Spreads

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COVID-19: United States Tightens Travel Test Rules As Omicron Variant Spreads


International passengers to the United States will need to be tested for COVID-19 within one day of their trip, regardless of their vaccination status, as the Omicron variant is spreading worldwide.

The tightening of coronavirus The White House rules come after America reported its first known case of community transmission of the new, highly contagious strain.

Other COVID-19[feminine[feminine measures described by we President Joe Biden include the extension of the obligation to wear masks on planes, trains and buses until March.

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The strictest rules apply regardless of the vaccination status of travelers

As countries around the world scramble to contain the Omicron variant, Mr Biden warned that infections would increase this winter.

“We’re going to fight this variant with science and speed, not chaos and confusion,” he said.

“The actions I am announcing are those that all Americans can support and should unite us in the fight against COVID-19. “

New York has found five cases of the new variant, its governor said, bringing the country’s total number of infections to eight.

The other US states that have identified cases are California, Colorado and Minnesota, one in each state.

The Minnesota case is the first known community transmission in the United States, with the patient having recently traveled to New York for a convention, which triggered the launch of contact tracing to try to contain the spread.

Much remains unknown about Omicron, which was first detected in southern Africa last month and has been reported in dozens of countries, just as parts of Europe were already grappling with a wave of infections. of the dominant variant Delta.

However, the first real-world study of the effect of the variant found that it had a “substantial” ability to evade immunity from a previous COVID infection.

The US administration is also requiring private health insurers to reimburse customers for the full cost of over-the-counter COVID-19 home test kits.

Tests will also be available free of charge in rural clinics and health centers for the uninsured.

Less than 60% of the American population has been fully immunized, one of the lowest rates among wealthy countries.

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Fears over the Omicron variant have also hit financial markets and cast doubt on the speed of the global economic recovery, fueling supply chain problems and dampening demand.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said: “There is a lot of uncertainty, but it could cause significant problems. We are still evaluating this. “

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