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US News The United States suspends 44 flights to China in retaliation for health restrictions imposed by Beijing

18:07  22 january  2022
18:07  22 january  2022 Source:   rfi.fr

Coronavirus: the US criticize China's decision to cancel Flights

 Coronavirus: the US criticize China's decision to cancel Flights USA-China-Aviation: Coronavirus: The US criticize China's decision to cancel Flights © Reuters / Kamil Krzaczynski Coronavirus: USA Criticize China's decision to cancel Flights Washington (Reuters) - the administration of US President Joe Biden Wednesday criticized China's decision to cancel a growing number of flights from the United States due to COVID-19 tests carried out by passengers subsequently positive and warned it possible for retaliation.

Pour éviter des contaminations, les équipages chinois sont soumis à des procédures drastiques, comme en témoigne les images sur les réseaux sociaux. © VCG / VCG via Getty Images to avoid contamination, Chinese crews are subject to drastic procedures, as evidenced by the images on social networks.

The United States announces the suspension of 44 flights to China by Chinese companies, as of January 30th. A decision that follows the suspension by China of American flights due to COVID infections.

with our correspondent in Beijing, Stéphane Lagarde

as a kind of air circuit breaker from and to COVID risk destinations, from the spring 2020 China applies the so-called "circuit breaker", with a simple rule If five positive cases are reported on a flight, the carrier will no longer be able to liaise to China for two weeks. If it's more than ten cases, the suspension goes to four weeks. It is on behalf of this principle that the Chinese civil aviation authorities have suspended 20 flights from United Airlines, 10 from American Airlines and 14 of Delta Airlines at the end of last year.

Covid-19: Hong Kong prohibits passengers from 153 countries to transit through its airport

 Covid-19: Hong Kong prohibits passengers from 153 countries to transit through its airport © Miguel Candela / Via gettyimages from 16 January, air passengers from 153 countries will no longer be able to transite through the airport from Hong Kong, that's what Carrie Lam announced. (Image of illustration) in Hong Kong where the authorities begin to be exceeded by the drastic measures they impose with the aim of keeping their "zero covid" objective, new restrictions are ceased to be announced, at the Chinese New Year's approach.

Very strict sanitary rules

This decision caused Washington's anger that denounces China's "unilateral action" with respect to its companies. For the Chinese Embassy in the United States, these American retaliation measures are judged "very unreasonable" while the same rule is applied "fair, open and transparent" to all carriers. Strict sanitary measures which, according to foreign companies, are increasingly difficult to respect with Omicron.

To avoid contaminations, the Chinese crews are subject to drastic procedures, as evidenced by the images on social networks that regularly show pilots and Chinese banking personnel pulling their suitcases in EPP combinations at airports, and that, after having been advised to wear layers to avoid any toilet infection.

United States: a "major" winter storm strikes the east of the country

 United States: a © Stefani Reynolds / AFP d Es Millions of Americans have been sheltered on Sunday, January 16th while a "major winter storm According to the meteorological services, struck the east of the United States with its batch of snow and ice, causing power outages about at least 235,000 people. The biggest of the storm should take place in the evening.

Same for the devices: An airplane of Delta Airlines had recently made half-turn in full sky to comply with the cleaning rules imposed by Shanghai International Airport.

Measures that have considerably slowed the traffic and explode the prices of the tickets. In order to counter this inflation, expatriates in China are trying to organize charters. China has virtually closed its borders to travelers, reducing the total number of international flights to 200 per week, or 2% of pre-pandemic levels, last September, said the administration of Civil Aviation from China (CAAC) cited by the

Reuters agency. This same administration estimates the return to the normal traffic not before next year .

China: In Beijing, Olympic Games 100% Artificial Snow .
© AP - Andy Wong Nearly 300 snow guns will bomb the Yanqing and Zhangjiakou Olympic slopes northwest of the Chinese capital during these winter games . According to a report published by researchers from the English University of Loughborough, the Olympic Games and winter sports in general would be threatened by global warming. The absence of precipitation will not preclude the kickoff of the Beijing Olympics on February 4, but with trails made up of artificial snow.

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