Initially scheduled to last until January 31, the controls imposed in France on travelers from China have been extended until February 15 “in view of the health evolution”can we read in a decree published in the Official newspaper Saturday January 28.
Since the beginning of January, travelers over the age of 11 departing from China and bound for France by plane must provide a negative test on departure less than forty-eight hours before boarding.
“These travelers will also have to commit to undergoing a random screening campaign on their arrival on national territory and to isolate themselves in the event of a positive result”specifies the initial text dated December 30, 2022. And wearing a mask for passengers over 6 years old on board flights is compulsory.
New peak of contamination
At the end of 2022-beginning of 2023, several countries, including the United States, Japan, Canada, Australia and certain European states, had introduced the obligation of negative tests for Covid-19 for travelers from China, citing fears linked to the explosion of the pandemic in this country of 1.4 billion inhabitants.
In China, the number of daily deaths linked to Covid-19 has fallen by almost 80% since the beginning of January, according to the authorities, the sign that the last wave of contaminations which hit the country since December 2022 begins to. subside. But authorities later warned of a new spike in infections after the Lunar New Year, which took place on January 22, leading to mass movements of people, which could spread the virus.
Analysts, however, believe that the death figures given by China represent only part of the real toll, given the narrow definition that Beijing has adopted for deaths attributed to Covid-19 and the infection of whole sections of the Chinese population, according to official estimates.
Source: Le Monde