On Wednesday, two aircraft from China arrived in Milan, and 50 percent of the passengers tested positive for Covid-19; this confirmed that Italy’s resolve to take additional care with Chinese tourists had paid off.
Since a massive wave of coronavirus infections is ripping across China, with millions of cases in a single day, four countries have announced they will impose coronavirus restrictions on Chinese travelers; however, the tyrannical Chinese government has decided to abandon almost all of its disease control protocols with almost no preparation for the consequences, loosen up travel restrictions, and begin handing out passports just in time for the Lunar New Year.
As foreign travel unexpectedly became possible in China on Tuesday after years of travel bans and urban lockdowns, there was a tremendous increase in searches for travel bookings and vacation packages on Monday and Tuesday.
Only four nations, including Italy, accurately predicted that China would not thoroughly screen its outgoing passengers for the extremely infectious, vaccine-resistant sub-variant of the Omicron strain that has been spreading like wildfire among the large and susceptible Chinese populace.
Countries including Japan, India, and Taiwan also promptly announced preventive measures. Japan has severely restricted flights from China and is now only allowing travellers from four airports in China to enter the country. On Wednesday, flights from China to Japan were still said to be “sold out” by the South China Morning Post.
On Wednesday, Italy required testing of all Chinese passengers arriving in Milan through two planes, and the findings were not encouraging.
Out of a total of 92 passengers on the initial flight, 35 are upbeat. Lombardy’s welfare councilor Guido Bertolaso told reporters, as reported by Sky News, that “out of 120 passengers, 62 (52%) are positive” on the flight’s second leg.
It is “necessary to assure monitoring and identification of probable variations of the virus in order to safeguard the Italian people,” Italian Health Minister Orazio Schillaci said of obligatory testing for Chinese passengers.
Tickets for overseas travel and inquiries about visas on the websites of travel agencies Trip.com and Qunar increased by a factor of five to eight following the announcement, the firms said. With a “haunting recurrence” of the global epidemic predicted for 2020, Sky News stated that Japan, Thailand, South Korea, the United States, Great Britain, and Australia were among the most popular travel destinations.
On Wednesday night, the United States became the sixth nation to put specific restrictions on Chinese tourists, requiring negative Covid test results for passengers two and older starting on January 5. An official explanation for the United States’ restrictive travel policy towards China is that country’s unreliable statistics on health issues.