Some would call this another 1984, “Big Brother” moment, in the U.S. Government’s failing attempts to deal with COVID-19 and its variants.
In a possible overreaction to the spread of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus, the Biden administration is now considering enhancing the testing requirements for all international travelers to the U.S., for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
Yes, with only one documented case in the U.S., and with the administration not requiring testing of illegal aliens streaming across the U.S. Southern border, these draconian policies are sure to enrage and mess up the plans for tens of thousands of travelers, including returning U.S. citizens.
BREAKING: First U.S. case of omicron COVID-19 variant found in California – AP
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One option being debated according to the Washington Post is a seven-day home quarantine for all travelers entering the U.S.–including American citizens–regardless of vaccination status or negative test results.
As part of an enhanced winter covid strategy Biden is expected to announce Thursday, U.S. officials would require everyone entering the country to be tested one day before boarding flights, regardless of their vaccination status or country of departure. Administration officials are also considering a requirement that all travelers get retested within three to five days of arrival.
In addition, they are debating a controversial proposal to require all travelers, including U.S. citizens, to self-quarantine for seven days, even if their test results are negative. Those who flout the requirements might be subject to fines and penalties, the first time such penalties would be linked to testing and quarantine measures for travelers in the United States.
Stricter coronavirus testing being weighed for all travelers to the U.S.
Biden administration also considering measures such as a 7-day self-quarantine & retesting several days after arrival https://t.co/IJwZK1oU0c pic.twitter.com/VzH4f6OT8T
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Currently, the United States requires pre-departure coronavirus testing for both unvaccinated and vaccinated air travelers to the country. For those who show proof of full vaccination, that test must be conducted no more than three days before the flight’s departure.
For someone who cannot show such proof, the test must be done no more than one day before departure. The new policy would require everyone to be tested one day before departure.
Fox News White House reporter Peter Doocy raised several questions on Hannity about the new travel restrictions.
Peter Doocy says Thursday the White House plans on announcing the strictest lockdown measures yet. pic.twitter.com/icIXd6rZq0
— The Dirty Truth (Josh) (@AKA_RealDirty) December 1, 2021
In a brief interview on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News, Journalist Glenn Greenwald went off on the idea of a quarantine period for those who tested negative, even raising the possibility of civil disobedience as a response to the government overreach:
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) December 1, 2021