Washington: The US government could impose new COVID-19 measures on travelers from China to the United States over concerns about the “lack of transparent data” from Beijing, US officials said Tuesday.
The move comes after Japan, India and Malaysia announced tightened rules for travelers from China over the past 24 hours, citing a spike in infections there.
Japan has announced it would require travelers from China to have a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival. Malaysia has introduced additional tracking and surveillance measures.
“There is growing concern in the international community about the ongoing waves of COVID-19 in China and the lack of transparent data, including viral genome sequence data, reported from the PRC,” the officials said, using the initials of the People’s Republic of China.
Some hospitals and funeral homes in China are overwhelmed as the virus spreads largely unchecked in the country of 1.4 billion people.
However, official statistics showed just one COVID-related death in the seven days through Monday, raising doubts about the government’s data among health experts and residents. The numbers do not tally with the experience of much less populous countries after they reopened.
China said Monday it would stop requiring inbound travelers to quarantine from January 8, a key step in easing curbs at its borders, which have largely been closed since 2020.
There are no official restrictions on Chinese going abroad, but the new rule will make it much easier for them to return home.
https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/us-to-weigh-new-covid-rules-for-travellers-from-china-20221228-p5c94g.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_world The US is considering new COVID rules for travelers from China