US To Require Negative COVID Tests After “Extremely Irresponsible” China Reopens Borders
Update (1500ET): The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday that the US will require travelers from China to submit a negative COVID-19 test.
Starting Jan. 5 at 12:01 a.m. ET, all passengers from China who are 2 years old and older will need to receive a negative PCR or antigen self-test no more than 2 days before their departure from China, Hong Kong or Macau, per the CDC.
The CDC said it is mainly concerned about slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S.
The agency also wants to prevent any variants of concern from leaking into the country.
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The CDC said the lack of accurate data will make it more difficult for federal health officials to identify variants of concern if they arise.
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