After Italy, France, the United States and even Japan, it is the European Union's turn to speak out against the uncontrolled explosion of coronavirus cases in China.
The European Commission announced on Wednesday that it “strongly encourages” its member states to impose a test on passengers coming from China.
Without waiting, Italy had announced on December 28 the return of tests to travelers from the Middle Kingdom, which had prompted Brussels to organize a meeting, in order to avoid repeating the errors of 2020, where many countries had gone it alone.
However, on Friday December 30, Spain and then France had in turn announced measures aimed at passengers arriving from the most populous country in the world.
Regarding France, a negative test will be mandatory within 48 hours before departure from this Thursday.
And another sample may be taken, randomly, on arrival.
Worries around the world
The abrupt end this month of China's "zero Covid" policy, as the country experiences an exponential rise in cases, has raised concern from several countries, including the United States, which will also impose, from from January 5, entry restrictions for Chinese travelers (one negative test within 48 hours).
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“The international community is increasingly concerned about the current outbreaks of Covid-19 in China and the lack of transparent data, including viral genomic sequence data, reported,” said US officials, who are particularly concerned about the emergence and arrival on their soil of new variants.