The US is expected to end mandatory COVID-19 testing for travelers from China

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States will end mandatory COVID-19 testing for travelers from China on Friday, joining other countries that have lifted the requirement, it said. Reuters agency a source informed about the matter.

The source told Reuters that the United States will continue to monitor cases of COVID-19 in China and around the world.

The CDC did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In early January, the United States joined India, Canada, Italy, Japan and other countries in taking action following Beijing’s decision to lift strict COVID-19 policies. Under those measures, passengers 2 years of age or older had to submit a negative test result no more than two days before departure from China, Hong Kong or Macau.

China was hit by a massive surge in COVID-19 cases after abandoning its zero-COVID policy in early December. In February, China’s top leaders declared a “big victory” over COVID, claiming the country had the lowest death rate in the world, although experts have questioned those figures.

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