The Biden administration is looking to announce new Covid restrictions Thursday when Joe Biden addresses the global omicron variant hysteria. 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.
Biden spoke on Monday about the omicron variant.
The Biden administration is preparing stricter testing requirements for all travelers entering the United States, including returning Americans, to curb the spread of the potentially dangerous omicron variant, according to three federal health officials.
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.
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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.
Fox News White House reporter Peter Doocy raised several questions about the new travel restrictions being debated by the Biden administration:
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
Journalist Glenn Greenwald raised civil disobedience as a response to government overreach:
Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald reacts to the possibility that the Biden admin will require travellers entering the US to quarantine for 7 days. pic.twitter.com/e2Hd5u41KZ
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) December 1, 2021