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United States, Canada Preparing New Mutual Coronavirus Travel Ban

The two countries will both ban travel between themselves.

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The United States and Canada are preparing new bilateral travel bans between themselves in light of the global Chinese coronavirus epidemic.

Canadian and American government officials confirmed the ongoing preparations of the travel bans on Tuesday. They indicate that formal announcement of the restrictions on freedom of movement could be announced Wednesday morning.

The travel ban appears to differ from bans imposed on movement from Europe and China in its bilateral nature. Unelected European Union bureaucrats protested when President Donald Trump restricted travel from continental Europe to the United States, claiming the move was premature. Now, Europe has been declared the global epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic and the EU has finally implemented an external travel ban of its own, perhaps far too late.

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Canadian and American officials have described the nature of the bilateral travel ban as preserving some economic trade between the neighboring countries. The ban targets “non-essential travel,” a term which officials are working to concisely define before the travel ban’s implementation.

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Canadians currently within the United States will be able to freely return home. Americans returning will likely be subject to more stringent screening measures. Reports have indicated that Canada has utilized an utterly lacking screening system for travelers from China, letting new visitors into the country without more than asking if they’ve been present in the nation’s Hubei province.

The ban is one of several applied by Canada restricting entry into its borders by foreign citizens. The Canadian bans, which came together in the past several days, represent a repudiation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s neoliberal principles of free movement of peoples. He’s the latest globalist to recognize, at least in a limited form,  the utter uselessness of his political vision in an era of a global viral pandemic disease.

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China Administered Anal Swab COVID Tests to US Diplomats, Says They Were Done “In Error” After State Department Complaint

The State Department says it never agreed to have US diplomats undergo anal swab testing.

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After subjecting US diplomats to anal swab COVID-19 tests, the Chinese government has said the tests were “in error” and that they would stop administering them.

A State Department spokesperson told VICE News that the department “never agreed to this kind of testing and protested directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when we learned that some staff were subject to it.”

The Chinese government responded by claiming that the anal swab tests were given “in error.” Although they are required for incoming travelers in certain parts of China, diplomats are supposed to be exempt.

China also said “we have instructed staff to decline this test if it is asked of them, as was done in the past.” If true, the diplomats either willingly took the anal swab test or simply forgot that they had the option to decline. But it is also possible that they were never told they could decline, or that the authorities forced them rather than “asked” them.

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Some Chinese authorities maintain that anal swab testing is more effective than traditional testing procedures like throat and nose swabs, though there is disagreement on that matter:

Officials in Beijing are using anal swabs to test for COVID-19 in children as young as nine years old, arguing that this manner of testing is more effective than traditional measures.

Li Tongzeng, who works as deputy director in charge of infectious disease for Beijing You’an Hospital, is claiming that COVID-19 lasts longer in the anus. This is the public health reason being used to violate children in China.

Yang Zhanqiu, who works as deputy director for the pathogen biology department at Wuhan University, believes that anal swabs are not adequate for testing. He argues that nasal and throat swabs are more effective because the virus is typically contracted through the upper respiratory tract.

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