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US says passengers arriving from UK will have to test negative for Covid-19

The U.S. government has said that all the airline passengers arriving from the United Kingdom will have to test negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours of the departure. The move comes amid concerns over a new strain of coronavirus variant in the UK that is believed to be more contagious.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement that all airline passengers arriving from the UK must test negative for Covid-19 in order to fly to the United States. The decision was a turnaround after the Trump administration told U.S. airlines on Tuesday it was not planning to require any testing for arriving UK passengers. 

The decision comes after a new coronavirus strain has been detected which is considered as highly infectious. the new strain has prompted many countries including India to shut their borders to travelers from there.The British Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to the request made by US administration.

Earlier on Thursday, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines also said they were requiring all airline passengers from the United Kingdom to the United States to present a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.

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The CDC said late on Thursday passengers must test negative via either a PCR or Antigen test. The CDC said viruses constantly change through mutation, and preliminary analysis in the UK suggests that this new variant may be up to 70% more transmissible than previously circulating variants.

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