Airline passengers traveling to the US from the Uk will have to produce a adverse Covid-19 test from the a few days just before vacation as authorities there consider to stop the new coronavirus variant getting a toehold in the place.

Travellers will be banned from boarding aircraft if they are unable to give prepared documentation of a lab-based mostly take a look at to the airline, the Centres for Ailment Control and Avoidance said in a Xmas Working day statement.

The new rules will be applied from 28 December onwards, it added.

The limitations comply with a 7 days in which nations across the world have shut their borders to United kingdom travellers amid fears over the mutated variant, which is assumed to have emerged in Kent and which is believed to be considerably extra infectious than prior variants.

China, Canada and much of Europe have all banned all flights from Britain, even though areas of Kent have been turned into large lorry parks just after France refused admission for truck motorists until finally they experienced taken exams.

In the US itself, New York City authorities had already introduced quarantine regulations for intercontinental travellers. All website visitors are purchased to keep at the tackle they provided on arrival for 14 times.

In the Uk, meanwhile, some 39,036 new coronavirus circumstances have been reported on Christmas Eve with a different 574 deaths.

But there are developing fears that even all those quantities could quickly be dwarfed with the new variant predicted to final result in an explosion of conditions all throughout the Uk within just the coming days and months.

Boris Johnson has so considerably stressed that there is “no evidence to recommend it is additional deadly or causes more serious illness” than other variants but researchers say that simply by spreading much more rapidly, it will eliminate additional men and women.