Owing to the concerns about the “lack of transparent data” coming from Beijing, the U.S. government may impose new COVID-19 measures on travelers coming from China to the United States, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.
These new measures come after Japan, India and Malaysia announced stricter rules on travelers from China in the last 24 hours due to a rise in infections there.
Japan has made a negative COVID-19 report necessary upon arrival for travelers from China. Malaysia has put in additional tracking and surveillance measures.
Using the initials of the People’s Republic of China, the officials said, “There are mounting concerns in the international community on the ongoing COVID-19 surges in China and the lack of transparent data, including viral genomic sequence data, being reported from the PRC.”
The virus spreads largely unchecked across the country of 1.4 billion people, overwhelming some hospitals and funeral homes in China.
The government’s doubtful data showed only one COVID death in last seven days till Monday, raising suspicion among health experts and residents about the data. The numbers are inconsistent with the experience of much less populous countries after they re-opened.
Starting from 8th January, China said it would stop requiring inbound travelers to go into quarantine. It is a major step towards easing restrictions on its borders, which have been largely shut since 2020.