France is asking EU countries to test all passengers travelling from China after the COVID outbreak across the Asian country
Official in France are urging all European Union countries to begin conducting COVID tests on all passengers arriving from China.
According to a report in Euronews on Monday, January 2, this decision comes after a major outbreak in China in the recent weeks after the zero-COVID polices were removed in the country, resulting in a huge rise in cases.
“France will push for this methodology to be applied across the EU,” said, François Braun, French Health Minister.
The report said that more talks are expected to be scheduled to discuss this matter after several EU officials failed to agree on a common position during a meeting in Brussels before Christmas.
Clement Beaune, French Transport Minister said that the reason all EU countries need to coordinate, is to be more efficient in controlling the spread of the virus, as travellers can enter through countries without COVID checks.
He said there is a need for “a more scientific control, which will allow us to follow the different variants extremely precisely.”
France implemented the COVID protocols for passengers from China from Sunday, January 1 onwards. Travellers will now require to provide a COVID-19 test result which has been taken less than 28 hours before departure.
Tests will be randomly conducted on passengers when they land in the country.
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