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Health Officials to Screen Passengers Arriving in US From China for Deadly Virus

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A deadly virus that has sickened dozens of people in China has prompted U.S. officials to take action.

According to a report in Bloomberg, passengers traveling from Whuhan, China, to Los Angeles International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport will be tested for the virus, known as 2019 Novel coronavirus.

U.S. health and immigration officials will begin screening passengers on direct flights from Wuhan for symptoms that include a cough, fever and difficulty breathing, starting Friday night, January 17, 2020. Passengers on connecting flights that land at LAX will begin to be screened on Saturday, January 18.

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This is a rare step taken by the CDC. The last time airport screenings occurred was in 2014 during the Ebola scare.

Around 5,000 passengers are expected to travel from Wuhan to the U.S. during the busy Lunar New Year travel season.

The new disease has sickened dozens of people in China and killed two people. Novel coronavirus has also spread to Southeast Asia. The two cases found outside of China were in Japan and Thailand and both patients had traveled to Wuhan.

The U.S. is not alone in taking these precautions. Several other Asian nations are screening passengers that are arriving from Central China.

The CDC noted that the screening measures were a precaution and noted that the risk to Americans is low.

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Americans Are Facing Never-Before-Seen Interstate Travel Restrictions

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Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf recently indicated that the White House had no plans to stop the flow of domestic travel within the United States in response to the COVID-19 health crisis, but that hasn’t stopped regional governments from creating their own injunctions in an effort to insulate their populations from the epidemic.

This weekend, on March 29, President Trump announced that nationwide social-distancing guidelines will remain in effect through at least April 30.

Now, facing at least another month of COVID-19’s accelerating spread across the country, an increasing number of states are implementing their own measures to restrict the movement of domestic travelers.

Of course, some affected areas have already issued stay-at-home orders for residents, effectively locking down their communities with the exception of essential services. As every level of government struggles to slow the virus’ rate of transmission, the weight of these restrictions now constitutes nearly unprecedented limitations being placed upon U.S. citizens’ freedom of movement.

Fox News suggested that, while governors cannot legally prevent U.S. residents from crossing state lines, mandatory two-week quarantines should certainly serve to discourage folks from planning a visit.

And, as the Rhode Island National Guard and police recently did on behalf of the state health department, officers might even go door-to-door ensuring that self-isolation orders are being followed.

Rhode Island was among the first states to actively begin monitoring out-of-state arrivals and enforcing self-isolation restrictions.

Initially, a March 26 executive order issued by Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo singled out folks arriving from New York—which, both statewide and in its urban center of New York City, is battling the greatest volume of COVID-19 cases that’s concentrated anywhere in the U.S.

Two days later, the order was expanded to include persons coming from all other areas of the U.S., proclaiming that, “Any person coming to Rhode Island from another state for a non-work-related purpose must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days.” The restriction explicitly exempts public health, public safety or healthcare workers arriving to aid the sick.

CNN compiled a list of states that have placed restrictions on interstate travelers, some of which have also issued stay-at-home orders to residents. Travelers who are planning to visit any of the following should visit the state’s official website to research the parameters of their travel restrictions:

—Alaska

—Delaware

—Florida

—Hawaii

—Kansas

—Kentucky

—Maryland

—Massachusetts

—North Dakota

—Oklahoma

—Rhode Island

—South Carolina

—Texas

—Vermont

—West Virginia

This post was published by our news partner: TravelPulse.com | Article Source

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