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Dulles unable to answer questions about coronavirus travel restrictions, defers to CDC

Under the new restrictions announced by the White House, all flights from China will be re-directed to seven U.S. airports – a list that does not include Dulles.

WASHINGTON — Officials from Dulles International Airport were unable to answer questions on President Trump’s sweeping China travel restrictions late Friday, as the capital’s gateway to China prepared for additional coronavirus screenings only days earlier.

A Dulles spokesperson referred all questions to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, noting the CDC could best answer if added personnel were still headed to the airport.

Under the new restrictions announced by the White House, all flights from China will be re-directed to seven U.S. airports – a list that does not include Dulles.

The airports include Atlanta, Chicago’s O’Hare, Honolulu, Los Angeles International Airport, New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, San Francisco and Seattle.

The new travel restrictions will take effect Sunday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m.

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What remains unclear is if added health screenings will take place at Dulles before the restrictions are enacted. Questions also lingered concerning how redirected passengers would eventually be allowed to make their way home to Dulles.

The new travel measures will ban all foreign nationals who visited China within the past 14 days from entering the United States. U.S. citizens who recently visited the epicenter of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak will be quarantined for up to 14 days.

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Permanent residents, American citizens and their immediate family members will be allowed to return to the United States. They will undergo health screenings at one of the seven American airports upon re-entry, and be subject to 14 days of monitoring and self-quarantine.

A CDC representative could not immediately answer if any additional health personnel began screening at the capital’s gateway to China – a plan originally announced Tuesday.

The original measure called for new coronavirus screenings at 20 U.S. airports, including Dulles.

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