President Joe Biden will proceed to limit journey to the US from the UK, Ireland and 26 nations in Europe, and can prolong the ban to South Africa, to sluggish transmission of Covid-19, mentioned a White House official aware of the plan.

The newest ban would stop most non-US residents from entry if they’ve not too long ago been in South Africa, the place a brand new pressure of the virus has been recognized. It’s unclear how lengthy the restrictions will proceed.

The Trump administration on Jan. 18, two days earlier than Biden’s inauguration, introduced a plan to wind down restrictions on vacationers from a variety of nations beginning Jan. 26, when arrivals to the US would want to have examined destructive for the virus.

At the time, White House press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned the incoming administration deliberate to dam the transfer, saying on Twitter that “this is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel.”

“In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Psaki tweeted.

The US is warily viewing new coronavirus strains which have originated in South Africa and Brazil, in addition to one not too long ago recognized within the UK that’s extra transmissible and doubtlessly extra dangerous.

Reuters first reported the US plan to ban journey from South Africa for many non-US residents, citing officers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Starting Monday, all passengers arriving within the US, together with residents, will likely be required to get a viral take a look at for the coronavirus inside three days of their departure, and to supply written documentation of a destructive end result.

The CDC, in an order issued on Sunday, eradicated an choice for airways or different plane operators with flights from nations that lack testing capability for Covid-19 to use for two-week waivers from the order.

“With the U.S. already in surge status, the testing requirement for all air passengers will help slow the spread of the virus as we work to vaccinate the American public,” the CDC mentioned in its order.

The U.Okay. warned this weekend that coronavirus vaccines could also be much less efficient in opposition to new variants of the illness, equivalent to these now being present in South Africa and Brazil, making stricter border controls justified.

Scott Gottlieb, the previous head of the US Food and Drug Administration, mentioned Sunday that it’s extremely probably the South African variant is already within the nation.

“I feel fairly confident that it is here and we’re just not detecting it yet,” Gottlieb mentioned on “Face the Nation Extra” on CBS.

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