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Passengers Arriving from Hong Kong to US Will Be Tested For COVID

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Business Standard stated that amid a record spike of COVID-19 infections in China, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the United States would demand a negative COVID-19 test from all travelers entering from China, Hong Kong, and Macau.  

“CDC is announcing this move to restrict the spread of COVID-19 in the United States due to the lack of adequate and transparent epidemiological and viral genomic sequence data reported from the PRC,” the CDC stated in a statement.  

The CDC stated that beginning on January 5, overseas travelers from China would be required to test negative for COVID-19 before entering the United States.  

The number of deaths due to COVID in China has risen to 9,000 every day, according to a data provider, as reported by news.com.au, an Australian news source.  

According to Business Standard, “British-based research firm Airfinity has increased its estimate of the number of people dying from COVID in China as the number of infections soars.” It follows Beijing’s removal of its decades-old, harsh zero-COVID health measures in November.” 

 In addition, Italian officials reported on Wednesday that nearly half of the passengers on two flights from China to Milan tested positive for the virus. Experts in public health told ABC News that, while they comprehend why the United States announced the policy, it is not a feasible long-term answer.  

China has not reported any new variations but has been accused of underreporting case counts, hospitalizations, and fatalities.  

For instance, China’s National Health Commission reports that the country has only experienced 5,241 COVID-19-related deaths since the pandemic began, however, Johns Hopkins data indicates that China has experienced nearly 16,000 deaths since the COVID pandemic began.  

Notably, numerous nations, including Australia, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Japan, and India, have mandated Covid testing for Chinese travelers in response to a “rapidly evolving issue.” 

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