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U.S. will reportedly require all international visitors to show negative COVID-19 test result

The United States is reportedly set to implement a requirement that all international visitors show a negative COVID-19 test result before flying to the country.

The federal government will "require all international airline passengers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding flights" to the U.S., The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing to issue an order that would go into effect on Jan. 26 after having discussed such a move for weeks with agencies and with the White House's coronavirus task force, the report says.

News of the reported move comes after the U.S. previously implemented an order requiring a negative COVID-19 test result from travelers from the United Kingdom due to concerns about a new COVID-19 variant. Experts say the variant that was first detected in the U.K. is more transmissible, and cases of it have been reported in states including New York and California.