Covid-19: whether or not to test travelers from China, why such divisions in Europe on the subject?

In Europe, after Italy and Spain, France has also decided to make proof of a negative Covid-19 test compulsory to enter its territory. A measure that will affect all passengers from China, from January 5. On this issue, the European Union is moving forward in a disorganized manner and seems to be struggling to show a united front.

>> Covid-19: five questions about screening passengers coming from China at French airports

And some do not hesitate to recall the bad memory of the health situation of spring 2020, at the start of the pandemic, when each State had unilaterally taken measures on its side. In this context, it is therefore no coincidence that the first declaration of the new Swedish European presidency concerns this point. Stockholm thinks “seeking a common policy for the whole of the EU regarding the possible introduction of entry restrictions“, emphasizing the importance of taking action quickly.

The “tough”… and the others

Behind the scenes, these divisions are clearly displayed. Thus, among the 27, there are first the “hard”: Italy and Spain, the countries to require negative tests. The two countries were the most affected at the start of the epidemic and have no desire to see history repeat itself. This duo was joined by France. In fear of the appearance of a new variant, Paris prefers to act quickly. The PCR tests carried out since Sunday January 1 on a random basis on passengers entering France from China will “allow to follow the different variants“, thus explained the Minister of Health François Braun at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport. From January 5, however, passengers from China will have to present a negative test within 48 hours to enter the airport. French territory.

Read Also:  Officer Seriously Injured in Saturday Night Robbery in Concordia Neighborhood Remains in Intensive Care

Then a number of states are waiting to see. Especially since the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control considers “unjustified“coordinated screening because of the high immunization rate in the EU. Germany is thus simply pleading in favor of variant surveillance, with random checks and sequencing at airports. And then finally, there are those who do not want controls, like Austria. Some see a link with the financial windfall represented by Chinese tourists in the country: it had disappeared with the restrictions imposed by Beijing and could therefore reappear with their lifting.

Next episode of negotiations in two days in Brussels, where the 27 will meet again, within the framework of the European Council, to try to find an agreement.

Recent Articles

Related News

Leave A Reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here