COVID-19: US demands negative coronavirus test for all air passengers arriving from the UK

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COVID-19: US demands negative coronavirus test for all air passengers arriving from the UK

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says all airline passengers arriving from the UK must test negative.

Anyone travelling to the US from the UK must test negative for coronavirus within 72 hours of their proposed departure time in order to board the flight.

The new restrictions will come into force on Monday and represent a U-turn by the Trump administration, which on Tuesday said it wasn’t planning to require any testing for UK passengers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said all airline passengers arriving from the UK must test negative in order to fly to the US amid concerns about the new variant of COVID-19 that has taken hold in parts of England.

The decision makes the US the latest country to impose travel restrictions on the UK following the emergence of the new variant.

A further 39,036 confirmed coronavirus cases were recorded in the UK on Thursday – the second-highest daily total to date – according to government figures.

The only day which has surpassed this daily figure was Wednesday, when 39,237 new cases were confirmed

However, it is important to note the amount of testing has increased in the last week from around 400,000 tests per day to 500,000. This does not account for the total increase in cases but will contribute to the rise.

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