Coronavirus: US may expand required COVID-19 testing for more intl. passengers

The US government may expand coronavirus requirements for travelers beyond Britain as early as next week, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters Wednesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other US agencies held a lengthy call with US airlines Wednesday that discussed expanding the requirements, sources briefed on the call said. The US government on Monday began requiring all airline passengers arriving from the United Kingdom – including US citizens – to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure.

The CDC said in a statement Wednesday that “efforts are currently ongoing in the US to assess the risk reduction associated with testing and other recommended preventative measures, determine what a feasible testing regime for air travel may look like, and gain some level of agreement on standards for a harmonized approach to testing for international air travel.”

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