Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-12-01 18:42:01 –
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requiring airlines to provide information about passengers entering the United States from southern Africa amid concerns about the spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.
This order affects passengers who have been to Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
The airline must provide the federal government with the passenger’s name, address, phone number, email address, date of birth, and flight information.
“The CDC has issued this directive to prevent the import and spread of public health-critical infectious diseases,” the order said.
The Omicron variant was first identified in South Africa. However, it has been found in other countries since then. The United States reported its first case in California on Wednesday.
The World Health Organization calls the Omicron variant a “variant of concern.” However, it is still unclear how well the vaccine works against the mutants or whether it causes more serious illness.