US: The United States of America records nearly 4,500 deaths in a single day on the 12th of January.
After this massive hit, US health authorities have come with a new federal policy; in the policy, it has been clearly stated that Before boarding their flights, all international passengers headed to the United States will require to show proof of a negative coronavirus test.
The new policy requires all air passengers, regardless of vaccination status, to get a test for current infection in the three days before their flight to the United States departs and to provide written documentation of their test results or proof of having recovered from Covid-19.
Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, said, “Testing does not eliminate all risk.”
Dr. Redfield added, “But when combined with a period of staying at home and everyday precautions like wearing masks and social distancing, it can make travel safer, healthier, and more responsible by reducing spread on planes, in airports, and at destinations.”
Airlines must verify the negative test result for all passengers or the documentation of recovery before they board. If a passenger does not present proof of a negative test or recovery or chooses not to take a test, the airline needs to refuse boarding to the passenger, the agency said.
The agency would not need further testing in the three months after a positive test, so long as the passenger has not had any symptoms. In this situation, a passenger may travel with documentation of the positive test result and a letter from a health care provider or a public health official stating that the traveler has now been cleared for travel.
Proof of immunization will not be sufficient because the vaccines have only been shown to stop serious illness, said Jason McDonald, a spokesman for the C.D.C. Vaccinated people may yet become infected, in theory, and spread the virus on a flight.