CDC Orders Airlines to Turn Over Passenger Lists From African Flights Amid Omicron Outbreak

CDC Orders Airlines to Turn Over Passenger Lists From African Flights Amid Omicron Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week directed all airlines that operate in the U.S. to share passenger information for anyone who was recently in the eight African countries covered by the travel ban President Joe Biden issued last week.

The CDC’s directive came less than one week after the World Health Organization (WHO) identified a new coronavirus variant, known as Omicron, as a “variant of concern.” Health officials in South Africa first alerted the WHO of the variant’s emergence in the area on November 24.

In the wake of the WHO’s classification, Biden on November 26 announced a travel ban for individuals seeking to travel into the U.S. from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The ban went into effect…

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