Italy To Test Flyers From China As 50% Of Passengers In Milan Test Covid Positive

Italy checks leaflets from China when 50% of passengers in Milan have tested positive for Covid

Nearly half of the passengers on two flights to Milan were found to have the virus.

Italian health authorities will start testing all people arriving from China for Covid after nearly half of the passengers on two flights to Milan were found to have the virus.

The Ministry of Health said in a statement that it is also ordering tests in Milan to see if there is a new variant. If a new strain is discovered, officials could impose tighter restrictions on travel from the country.

China has seen an outbreak of the virus since the government there abandoned its strict Covid-free policies. Uncertainty about the size of the spread has prompted countries, including the United States, to consider new restrictions on entry.

The Italian government will discuss the Milan passenger numbers at a cabinet meeting next Wednesday, when Health Minister Orazio Schillaci can present information on the tests.

Most people who test positive have no symptoms. But local media reports that health officials are increasingly concerned about new Covid variants emerging from China.

Italy was the first European country to be hit hard by Covid in early 2020.

While the high rate of passengers contracting the virus puts authorities on alert, one factor in Italy’s favor is high vaccination rates.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 80% of people have been fully vaccinated and many have also been vaccinated. It is a similar story across Western Europe.

Elsewhere, the UK has said it will ensure necessary Covid surveillance is available, but has no plans to introduce mandatory testing for people arriving from China.

In Germany, health authorities are “closely monitoring” the situation, according to Health Ministry spokesman Sebastian Guelde.

“We have no indication that a more dangerous mutation has developed in China that has resulted in the declaration of a variant region of the virus, leading to corresponding travel restrictions,” he added.

The French Ministry of Health is also monitoring developments and says it is “ready to consider all useful measures that may be introduced as a result, with the cooperation of France’s European partners.”

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