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Dr. Fauci warns of ‘imported’ cases when U.S. opens travel

Dr. Fauci warns of ‘imported’ cases when U.S. opens travel
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One of the experts leading America’s fight against the coronavirus sounded a warning Wednesday that points to the possibility that international air travel may not fully open even when the number of new cases in the U.S. starts to fall.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that in discussions with the World Health Organization, he learned the Chinese are concerned about new cases coming into their country even as the rate of infection has substantially fallen.

More:Coronavirus outbreak causing travel industry to pivot, airlines cut back on flights

China is where the coronavirus originated and the nation that has seen the most cases to date.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, right, and President Donald Trump listen as Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, March 21, 2020, in Washington.

Though China has recently reported few new cases, per his Fauci’s WHO conversations, “what they are starting to see as they are relaxing the constraints on travel is that they are getting imported cases.” 

Fauci said he was warned that when the U.S. gets control of domestic cases, officials should “very carefully examine how you are going to release the constraints.”

First appeared on USA Today.

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