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British Airways Require Coronavirus Testing for JFK-Bound Travelers Per Governor Cuomo’s Request

British Airways has agreed to require COVID-19 testing to U.K. passengers flying into New York’s JFK airport following Gov. Cuomo’s request. 

“We have agreed on pre-departure testing for passengers on flights from the U.K. to New York from tomorrow in line with the request. We continue to work closely with local health authorities around the world,” a spokesperson for British Airways told Fox News in an email Monday.

The Democratic New York governor asked the airline to require passengers traveling into JFK to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to stop the spread of the highly contagious strain of COVID-19 out of London, which is in lockdown. Cuomo said Monday officials are in talks with Delta and Virgin Atlantic to do the same. Delta and Virgin Atlantic did not immediately return a Fox News request for comment. 

The New York State governor is taking precautions after the new strain of COVID-19 forced British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ramp up lockdown restrictions ahead of Christmas. The move comes as more than a dozen countries closed their borders to travelers from the U.K. to thwart the spread of the highly contagious strain of coronavirus. 

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