WHO canceled the status of a pandemic of COVID-19: which countries have lifted restrictions
For 3 years, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed millions of lives, led to the closure of borders and businesses, and caused a global economic recession. However, over the past year, the incidence rate has decreased and COVID-19 has lost its pandemic status. Find out more about which countries have lifted Covid restrictions
As of May 5, 2023, the World Health Organization canceled the pandemic status of COVID-19. The director general of the organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, made a corresponding statement.
A decrease in the number of diseases was observed in the last year. This trend allowed most countries to return to normal life.
The epidemic of COVID-19 led to a major crisis in the health care system, and also significantly affected the global economy, the tourism sector, destroyed many businesses and took 7 million lives.
On January 30, 2020, a state of emergency due to the coronavirus epidemic was declared in the world. At the time, fewer than 10,000 cases of the virus had been reported, most of them in China. The COVID-19 restrictions marked the first time the WHO has declared an international public health emergency.
After lifting the pandemic status, many countries lifted a number of quarantine restrictions.
Cancellation of the requirement for a valid certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 in the United States
Corresponding changes in the rules of entry to the USA will enter into force on May 12, 2023. From now on, foreigners entering the country through the Canada-US border or arriving by plane will not need to provide a valid vaccination certificate against COVID-19. Restrictions will be lifted on the same day the COVID-19 public health emergency ends.
Until now, the United States was one of the few countries where appropriate quarantine restrictions were still in effect.
Section 42, which gives the US the authority to quickly deny entry to asylum seekers based on a public health emergency, is also expected to expire on that day.
Japan canceled anti-covid restrictions early
From April 29, enhanced border control was canceled in Japan. This decision was approved by the authorities in connection with the "Golden Week" holidays, when a large number of travelers come to the country. Japan no longer requires all tourists to provide a certificate of at least three doses of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test for the coronavirus, taken no more than 72 hours before departure.
Earlier, selective testing was also carried out at the country's airports. From May 8, Japan begins a new testing program at the country's largest airports. Tourists with symptoms of diseases, including fever, will be offered a voluntary test to detect infectious diseases.
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