British Airways agrees to require unfavourable coronavirus assessments earlier than New York flights, Cuomo says

British Airways Boeing 747-400, nicknamed the Queen of the Skies airliner, on final landing gear landing at New York’s JFK John F. Kennedy International Airport, USA on January 23, 2020.

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British Airways will require travelers to test negative for coronavirus before boarding flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday as officials dealt with a highly contagious new one Grappling strain of Covid-19 that is spreading in the United Kingdom

Cuomo said at a press conference that he had also asked Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic to adhere to the same requirements. The airlines did not respond immediately.

More than two dozen countries have blocked flights or access to people from the UK due to the new strain of the virus.

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