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USA restricts numbers of Chinese passengers

The U.S. Department of Transportation is limiting the number of passengers airlines are allowed to fly into the U.S. from China. The rules will be in place for four weeks. The capacity of flights will be curtailed to 40 percent. This latest move only is less linked to infection control than to the ongoing dispute between the two nations. China, for its part, had curtailed flights from America to its own soil in early August. The reason was passengers on a U.S. flight who tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival. The reaction is part of the “safeguards” China has put in place to prevent any outside introduction of the virus.

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