26.12.2020 12:00

Delta, British Airways, Virgin to now require negative COVID-19 tests for UK travelers heading to NY

Several airlines have agreed to require proof of a negative COVID-19 test for passengers flying from the United Kingdom to New York after the state's Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted the U.S. for not joining dozens of other nations in cutting off travel following the news of a new coronavirus strain across the pond.

Virgin Atlantic, Delta Air Lines, and British Airways have all agreed to test people before they get on a flight to New York, Cuomo said in an interview with CNN on Monday. The move comes after a new, and potentially more contagious, strain of coronavirus has been spreading in the UK, causing dozens of countries across Europe and the world to implement new travel bans. The new strain is reported to be up to 70% more transmissible but does not appear to be more deadly than other strains.

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