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Spain to require COVID-19 tests for passengers from China



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MADRID — Spain will require all air passengers arriving from China to have a negative COVID-19 test result or proof of vaccination, the government said on Friday.

Health Minister Carolina Darías told reporters that Spain would push for similar measures at the European level following the increase in cases in China. She said health control measures due to the corona virus will be strengthened at Spanish airports.

Darías did not specify when the new request would take effect.

Spain made the announcement after Italy said it would require coronavirus testing for plane passengers from China. Health officials from the 27-member European Union on Thursday promised to continue talks to find a common approach but keep from imposing restrictions.

“There is a shared worldwide and national concern about the development of cases in China and it is difficult to make an accurate assessment of the COVID-19 situation with little information,” said Darías. what we have.”

Darías noted that China will lift travel restrictions from January 8, and there is likely to be a large increase in the number of people traveling abroad. She said the main concern was the possibility of new coronavirus variants and that it was important to act quickly.

United States announced Request a new COVID-19 test Wednesday for travelers from China, along with some Asian countries that have imposed restrictions. Japan on Friday start test request for passengers from China.

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