Portland, Oregon 2021-12-01 23:08:40 –
Atlanta (NewsNation Now) — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has begun offering free COVID-19 testing to passengers arriving from certain countries in southern Africa to facilitate the detection of new Omicron variants.
The United States is stepping up surveillance testing at arrival terminals at four international airports: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, John F. Kennedy in New York, Newark Liberty in New Jersey, and San Francisco. The test is optional.
News comes as the first US case of Omicron variant Confirmed in California. Dr. Anthony Fauci said the person traveled from South Africa on 22 November and tested positive on Monday.
Passengers who agree to be inspected on arrival will also be given an additional home inspection and will be asked to send the inspection 3-5 days later.
The CDC is also working with airlines to collect contact information for passengers who have recently spent time in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesoto, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, or South Africa for contact tracking purposes. Said. Delta, United, and American Airlines all agree to comply with the CDC’s orders.
President Joe Biden has hinted that in the last few days he is considering tightening new restrictions on overseas travel to prevent the spread of variants. The United Kingdom, the European Union, Canada, and several other countries have also issued travel bans from countries in southern Africa.
New requirements may include pre-departure testing close to flight time, additional post-arrival testing, and self-quarantine.
Cases of the Omicron variant have been reported in more than 20 countries and regions so far.
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