U.S. tightens travel testing requirements, mask mandates as part of broader plan to fight Covid - CNBC
Dec 02, 2021 1 min, 21 secs

The Biden administration is tightening travel rules to and within the U.S., requiring all in-bound international passengers to test for Covid within 24 hours of departure and extending its mask requirement on all domestic flights and public transportation through March 18.

The plan is also the latest move by the Biden administration to stem the spread of the new, highly mutated omicron Covid-19 variant, which was first reported to WHO by South Africa a week ago.

"Our doctors believe tightening testing requirements for pre-departure will help catch more cases, potential cases of people who may be positive and inside the country," a senior administration official said.

The Biden administration's new plan also urges businesses to "move forward expeditiously" with requiring workers to get vaccinated or tested weekly, according to the plan5

Such protocols are "especially important" given the new omicron variant, the plan added. .

"We're asking businesses to step forward and do what's right to protect our workers, our communities — to put in place some sort of vaccination requirement or testing requirements for the workplace," a senior administration official said during the call. .

The Biden administration's winter Covid plan also includes more free at-home tests.

The plan also aims to bolster outreach efforts to get more people vaccinated, ensure the "quitable distribution of Covid -19 treatments to vulnerable populations and launch over 60 rapid response teams to states to help combat the virus.

"While this new variant is a cause for concern, it is not a cause for panic," a senior administration said.

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