Coronavirus pandemic: WHO expert says Covid-19 tests should play bigger role in international travel

Covid tests should be more widely used in international travel than quarantines, the chair of the World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee, Didier Houssin, said on Friday
FILE PHOTO: A man pushes a baggage cart wearing a mandatory face mask as a "Healthy Airport" initiative is launched for travel, taking into account social distancing protocols to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 23, 2020.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: A man pushes a baggage cart wearing a mandatory face mask as a "Healthy Airport" initiative is launched for travel, taking into account social distancing protocols to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 23, 2020.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 31, 2020 07:09 PM IST
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Covid tests should be more widely used in international travel than quarantines, the chair of the World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee, Didier Houssin, said on Friday. Top emergency expert Mike Ryan earlier said that travelling was now “relatively safe” with a “relatively low” risk. He also said it was difficult to do scientific work on the origin of the virus, first identified in China last December, in a “politically intoxicated” environment.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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