As China confronts a statewide epidemic of the coronavirus after abruptly loosening restrictions that had been in place for much of the pandemic, Australia and Canada have joined a growing number of nations requiring travelers from China to take a COVID-19 test before boarding their aircraft.
Australian health officials announced on Sunday that starting on January 5, any passengers flying from Hong Kong, Macao, or mainland China will need to present the results of a COVID-19 test that was completed within two days of their departure.
According to Kerry Bowman, an assistant professor at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, the requirement is not currently supported by science. He claimed that the epidemic is not still in its early stages. Point-of-entry screening is not very effective at all. People frequently test positive days or weeks after the fact.
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