Italy Requires CCP Virus Testing for Travelers from China

According to reports on December 28, Italian Health Minister Orazio Schillaci announced that all travelers coming from China must take mandatory CCP virus tests. Japan, India, and Malaysia have already imposed mandatory negative testing.

Milan Malpensa Airport started testing passengers from China on December 24. Local officials said that in the two flights from China that arrived at Milan on Dec. 26, on the first flight, out of 92 passengers, 35 tested positive; On the other flight, out of 120 passengers, 62 tested positive. The combined rate was nearly 46 percent for both flights, meaning that almost one in two people tested positive. In response, Schillaci told Congress that all travelers from China are required to take a CCP virus test to protect the Italian public. More details will be released soon. The local media also reported that the testing requirement went into effect on the 28th and that several other Italian airports began CCP virus testing; the Milan Malpensa airport is just one of them. It is reported that this policy will be implemented until Jan. 30, 2023, after which it will be re-evaluated.Meanwhile, the Biden administration announced on the 28 that travelers departing from China, Hong Kong, and Macau must provide proof of negative testing before entering the U.S. The move is intended to slow the spread of the virus. And the measure will take effect on January 5, 2023.

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