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US to require negative COVID tests from air travelers from UK

US to require negative COVID tests from air travelers from UK
"Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers before they board. If a passenger chooses not to take a test, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger."

The news comes just days after British health authorities announced the discovery of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.suggests that this new variant may be up to 70% more transmissible than previously circulating variants,” the CDC said.(Gareth Fuller / PA) Recent reports indicate that about six in 10 cases reported in London were caused by the new variant.Ever since news of the new variant broke, about 40 countries have imposed travel bans on the island nation, just days ahead of the end of the Brexit transition period, which ends on Dec.

Last Saturday, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the new variant of the coronavirus could be “up to 70% more transmissible,” but added that “there’s no evidence to suggest it is more lethal or causes more severe illness,” or that vaccines would be less effective against it.Another new variant of the virus, also believed to be more transmissible, was reported in South Africa this week.

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