The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is set to end on Friday mandatory COVID-19 tests for travelers from China, joining other countries in dropping the requirements, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters.
Last week, Japan dropped a requirement that everyone take a test for the virus upon arrival from China. The source told Reuters the United States would continue to monitor cases in China and around the world. The U.S. decision was reported earlier by the Washington Post.
The United States in early January joined India, Canada, Italy, Japan and other countries in taking new measures after Beijing's decision to lift stringent zero-COVID policies. It required new air passengers 2 and older to get a negative result from a test no more than two days before departure from China, Hong Kong or Macao.
China was battered with a surge in COVID-19 cases after it abruptly abandoned its zero-COVID policy in early December, unleashing the virus on its 1.4 billion population. In February, China's top leaders declared a "major victory" over COVID, claiming the world's lowest fatality rate, although experts have questioned that data.
The United States in December expanded its voluntary genomic sequencing program at airports, adding Seattle and Los Angeles.
The source told Reuters Tuesday the CDC would keep that program, known as the Traveler-based Genomic Surveillance Program (TGS), which asks travelers to volunteer to help with early detection of new variants.
TGS will continue to monitor flights from the China and regional transportation hubs, as well as flights from more than 30 other countries, the source said.© Thomson Reuters 2023.
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In February, China's top leaders declared a "major victory" over COVID, claiming the world's lowest fatality rate, although experts have questioned that data.
Let them in.
China had the lowest fatality rates in the world, while countries such as New Zealand, Australia, and the US had extremely high rates, and made the mistake of ending lockdowns prematurely, which resulted in infection rates skyrocketing and economic activity plummeting.
Sure, if you take their numbers at face value. Cough.
The US yes. But New Zealand and Australia, where do you get that from? They had something like a fifth of the USA's mortality, they rank more like Japan than the US.
In February, China's top leaders declared a "major victory" over COVID, claiming the world's lowest fatality rate - fake news -
That was not fake news. Are you saying they lied? Proof, please. What aboiut Biden declaring the pandemic over in September 2022?
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