(RightWing.org) – On Wednesday, December 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the first confirmed case of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in the United States. The individual returned to the US from South Africa on November 22. In addition, three anonymous federal health officials recently told reporters Biden administration officials plan to increase preventive measures for travelers entering the US from abroad to prevent the spread of the new variant.
According to the officials, the CDC plans a multi-faceted approach to curb the spread of the potentially dangerous variant as part of an overall winter strategy. Those anonymous sources expect the CDC will require testing for all individuals one day before boarding flights to the US, regardless of vaccination status or location of departure. The CDC is also considering requiring follow-up testing three to five days after arrival in the US.
The Biden administration is currently weighing whether to impose a 7-day quarantine for all travelers returning to the U.S. – and those who refuse could possibly be fined. https://t.co/69M3WQlWvw
— Newsmax (@newsmax) December 1, 2021
Reportedly, Biden administration officials are also discussing a proposal to require all international travelers to self-quarantine upon entry to the US for seven days, regardless of test results. Under that proposal, anyone caught breaking quarantine would face fines and other penalties.
These new COVID-19 protocols would constitute a significant escalation in administration efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 and would constitute the first time US officials would impose penalties for travelers from overseas.
The CDC last updated travel requirements for US Citizens and residents and non-US citizens and immigrants on November 29. However, sources expect the CDC to release new guidelines at any minute. We will keep you updated on this developing story.
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