White House mulls requiring UK travelers to provide negative coronavirus test: report

White House mulls requiring UK travelers to provide negative coronavirus test: report
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The White House is mulling requiring travelers coming from the U.K. to provide a negative coronavirus test ahead of their arrival in the U.S. amid the emergence of a new strain of the virus overseas, CNN reported Monday.

Two administration officials told CNN that the White House was considering mandating that passengers from the U.K. test negative for COVID-19 within 48 or 72 hours of their arrival in the U.S. 

Officials reportedly detailed a potential plan to institute the restriction during a Monday coronavirus task force meeting. They are expected to present the possible plan to President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE by Tuesday.


The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

The new strain of the coronavirus is estimated to be 70 percent more contagious than the original, prompting U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson to reverse the country’s plans to relax restrictions during the Christmas holiday. 

Since Johnson’s announcement, more than 40 countries have banned U.K. flights from arriving in their nation. 

Several U.S. health officials, including top infectious diseases expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci donates personal COVID-19 virus model to Smithsonian Fauci warns of risks from single-dose strategy for Pfizer, Moderna vaccines MAGALand in Orlando MORE, have recommended against suspending travel from the U.K. yet. Vivek MurthyVivek MurthyMurthy vows to focus on mental health effects of pandemic if confirmed as surgeon general The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Watch live: Biden surgeon general pick testifies at confirmation hearing MORE, President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE’s nominee for surgeon general, said Sunday that the strain does not appear to be any deadlier. 

Adm. Brett Giroir, the White House testing czar, told CNN that restrictions were discussed but not yet recommended in a conversation with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Robert RedfieldRobert RedfieldFauci defends Birx: 'She had to live in the White House' US considering mandatory COVID-19 tests for domestic flyers, CDC official says CDC gets a second opinion: Seven steps to heal our COVID-19 response MORE.

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoDemocratic NY legislator: Sexual harassment allegations show 'clear pattern of Cuomo's abuse of power' Lawyer for former Cuomo aide blasts 'falsehoods' at briefing As Trump steps back in the spotlight, will Cuomo exit stage left? MORE (D) said he requested that three airlines require all passengers to be tested before arriving at area airports. He told CNN on Monday evening that the three airlines — Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Delta Air Lines — have all agreed to the testing precautions.