Soon no more need for Covid-19 test to enter the United States

Anti-Covid rules continue to relax around the world. In the United States, it is an emblematic obligation which will soon be lifted: that for travelers arriving in the country by plane to present a negative test dating from less than a day before take-off. A measure that was put in place in December 2021, at the start of the wave linked to the Omicron variant.

The lifting of this constraint was announced by the White House. According to a spokesperson for the presidency, Kevin Munoz, who announced on Twitter the lifting of this requirement, the health authorities will continue “to assess the needs based on the science and the context of the circulation of the variants”. The end of the obligation will come into effect on Sunday, according to US media.

Still 100,000 cases per day

Several other countries, notably in Europe, had already stopped requiring a pre-boarding test from international travelers. Following a court decision, the compulsory wearing of a mask was also lifted in the United States in April in public transport, and in particular on planes.

The United States is currently registering more than 100,000 new cases of Covid-19 per day, a figure that is also largely underestimated according to experts. The recent surge has been linked to Omicron sub-variants. About 300 people still die of the disease in the country daily, but health authorities are now highlighting the many remedies available, including vaccines but also the antiviral Paxlovid in the event of infection.

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