Brussels, December 29 – After the United States and other countries, the European Union also wants to strengthen protective measures against the wave of coronavirus infections in China. The EU health committee called an emergency meeting on Thursday to coordinate measures to contain the spread of the pandemic in China. In the People’s Republic, the virus spread explosively after contact restrictions were lifted. Several countries have therefore already issued requirements for travelers from China. The results of the EU health committee meeting are expected later today.
France said Thursday that border controls were not necessary due to developments in China. “From a scientific point of view, there is no reason to reintroduce border controls,” said the head of the health risk assessment commission, Brigitte Autran, of the Radio Classique channel. However, this could change from day to day. A health ministry spokesman in Berlin said on Wednesday that Germany was initially waiving entry restrictions. There is currently no indication that a more dangerous mutation has developed in China that would lead to this.
In Hong Kong, international requirements have raised fears of a passenger traffic jam. The government of the former British colony, which belongs to China, has asked Japan to lift the planned restrictions as they affected around 60,000 air travellers. Japan had announced that from Friday, flights from Hong Kong and mainland China would only land at Tokyo’s two airports, Osaka and Nagoya.
USA REQUIRES NEGATIVE CORONA TEST
The United States announced on Thursday evening that it would only allow air travelers from China to enter the country with a negative corona test. The United States followed India, Italy and Taiwan, which also require a negative test. On the other hand, the British government has decided to lift all entry conditions, according to a government spokesperson. Australia and the Philippines have left open whether they will take action, but are monitoring developments very closely.
In early December, under pressure from anti-government protests and a sluggish economy, China announced an abrupt abandonment of its strict zero-Covid policy. Since then, a corona wave has swept over the country. According to employees, hospitals and funeral homes are under enormous pressure from the rush. However, since there are hardly any more tests, this is not reflected in the official figures. Due to the scarcity of information, it also remains unclear whether new virus variants may have developed.
According to official information, Chinese authorities recorded only one Covid-related death on Wednesday. Foreign experts assume much larger numbers. They expect up to one million Chinese to die from infection in the coming year.
Global concern over corona wave in China – EU emergency meeting
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