The US government announced on Thursday that it would end some of its enhanced screening protocols for international travelers entering the country – in particular, that all flights from specific nations would be directed to one of the 15 airports – After setting the screening protocol in January to stem in January. Dissemination of novel coronaviruses.
Starting from Monday, this “new approach” will no longer need to go to the above 15 airports from China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Iran, the Schengen area of Europe, Britain, Ireland or Brazil. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed.
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Passengers on such flights will no longer need to be presented for enhanced entry health screening, as this approach “has limited effectiveness because people with COVID-19 may not have any symptoms or fever at the time of screening, or only Mild symptoms, ”per CDC declaration.
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Instead, the CDC said the efforts would be “refocused” on other mitigation efforts, including: “pre-departure, in-flight, and post-arrival health education”; Increased disease response; Collecting contact information electronically from arriving passengers; Enhanced training for partners at airports; And assisting passengers – with information on travel-related risks and post-trip precautions – both departures and arrivals.
However, there will still be “prospective testing to reduce the risk of virus-related travel-spread”, and to track its movement.
“This strategy is in line with the current phase of the epidemic and more effectively protects the health of the American public,” the CDC explained.
In January, the CDC and the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) first announced the implementation of “enhanced health screening” for airline passengers arriving or departing from Wuhan province in China. Those flights were first run by San Francisco International Airport (SFO), John F. Kennedy International Airport was dispatched to New York (JFK) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), before the program expanded to include 15 currently designated airports.
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Meanwhile, in a statement shared with Fox News, a CDC spokesperson has claimed that “fewer than 15” passengers who funnel through those airports since January have been referred to as COVID-19 was diagnosed. The same spokesperson indicated that approximately 675,000 arriving passengers have increased health checkups since the program’s inception.
“More cases have been identified through CDC and airport companion information for standard disease response,” the statement said.
“Because symptom-based admission health screening for COVID-19 has identified so few cases, CDC before, during and after travel to reduce the risk of travel-related transmission, including passenger education, among others Is giving priority to public health measures. ”
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Fox News’ Michael Hallon contributed to this report.