John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, USA. . / Eduardo Munoz / File Photo

The government of The United States confirmed Thursday that it will end additional controls for some international flight passengers mandated by the COVID-19 emergency. and will remove the order that tourists from certain countries arrive at 15 designated airports from Monday.

The restrictions were based on the country of origin, not the nationality of the passengers.

Through a statement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English) of the United States reported that they would remove the additional screenings because they were ineffective as they were based on symptoms and those infected with COVID-19 may not have them.

Referring to the new provision, the CDC states that “the new and more effective strategy focuses on the continuity of travel and the individual passenger, and includes the pre-departure and post-arrival education, efforts to develop a potential testing framework with international partners and the response to diseases ”.

Passengers with face masks in airports. . / Eduardo Munoz / File Photo

The Government issued additional screening requirements in February for travelers who had recently been in China, the United Kingdom, Iran, Ireland, Brazil and the European Schengen bloc, and prohibited entry to foreign citizens who had recently visited these countries.

All these travelers were to arrive at 15 designated airports in the United States, including those located in Boston, New York and Miami. In addition, these passengers had to pass a health examination before entering the country.

According to the statement released by the health authority, the strategy will be changed because « now we have a better understanding of the transmission of Covid-19, so We know that the detection of symptoms has a limited effect because the infected people could be asymptomatic or present mild symptoms ”.

John F. Kennedy International Airport during the coronavirus outbreak. . / Brendan McDermid

« Transmission of the virus can occur by passengers who do not have symptoms or have not yet developed symptoms of infection, » they added.

Within the new strategy focused on passengers, the educational campaigns to prevent infections before, during and after the flight, in addition to collecting voluntary information about passengers at airports, and work will be done to avoid queues, crowds and delays at air stations.

Passengers will also be suggested to carry out a 14-day quarantine for those arriving in the country from high-risk countries.

The CDC will change the strategy to control those who arrive by air from countries at risk for Covid-19. . / Lucas Jackson

A document that . had access to indicated that 675,000 passengers who were recently screened at 15 airports as part of the CDC’s efforts, fewer than 15 were identified as COVID-19 cases.

With information from .

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