January 31, 2023

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The Swedish EU Presidency means common ground, with Canada and Australia restoring checks for travelers

Member States of the European Union (EU) will discuss on Wednesday 4 January a common response to be adopted in relation to travelers from China, where the Covid-19 pandemic appears to be out of control, it was announced on Saturday 31 December 2022. 1 Sweden is the first insurerThere is January is the six-month presidency of the European Union.

“Sweden seeks a common policy for the entire EU that introduces possible entry restrictions”The Swedish government said in a statement.

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Stockholm said it had decided to implement the IPCR, a tool to help the Council of the European Union act politically quickly in crisis situations. “It’s important that we take steps quickly”The same source said.

“Possible New Variations”

As Beijing abruptly ended its strict zero-covid policy, leading to an outbreak of infections in the country, In solidarity with France, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, the United States or even South Korea, It decided this week to impose Covid testing on travelers from China.

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Recently, Australia announced on Sunday that it will impose negative tests for Covid-19 on travelers from China. “Complete Lack of Information” On the wave of pollution in the country from Beijing. The move is scheduled to take effect from January 5 “To protect Australia from the risk of the emergence of new potential variants” And “Effect of Rapidly Changing Situation in China”Health Minister Mark Butler said.

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Hours earlier on Saturday, Canada announced it would also require a test. According to a press release from the Canadian government, travelers must present a negative test taken less than 48 hours before boarding in China.

“Lack of epidemiological data”

Action was taken, according to Ottawa “In response to the outbreak of Covid-19 in the People’s Republic of China and because of the limited epidemiologic and genomic sequencing data available on these cases”. It will come into effect from January 5 and will be reassessed after thirty days.

The Canadian government said it will test all sewage from international flights landing in Toronto and Vancouver.

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According to Xi Jinping, the “new phase”

In his televised New Year’s address on Saturday, Chinese President Xi Jinping said despite the devastating situation of the epidemic in China. “The light of hope is before us”Preventing and controlling the entry of infectious diseases “A New Level”.

It was the second comment by a Beijing strongman on the outbreak this week. On Monday, Mr. Xi called for action “Effective Protection of People’s Lives”.

In Taiwan, in a quiet speech, President Tsai Ing-wen declared that Taiwanese. “Ready to provide necessary assistance based on humanitarian concerns” In Beijing, “as long as needed”. The President further said that he believes that his government can do it “Helping more people get out of the pandemic and have a safe New Year”.

The world with AFP