Did 10 countries just cancel all COVID-19 tests, quarantine procedures and vaccinations?
Take a look at the viral message, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : 10 Countries Cancelled All COVID-19 Tests + Vaccinations!
This is the first part of a viral message, that appears to be combined from two different viral messages. Read part two.
It claims that 10 countries just cancelled all COVID-19 tests, quarantine procedures and vaccinations, because they now consider COVID-19 to be “just a seasonal flu”.
Truth : Those Countries Did NOT Cancel COVID-19 Tests / Vaccinations!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on Facebook and WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : None Of Those Countries Cancelled COVID-19 Tests
None of the ten countries mentioned in the viral message cancelled any requirement to test for COVID-19.
Turkey : Travellers must submit negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival. Proof of vaccination or negative PCR test within last 48 hours is required to enter certain venues in Turkey. Symptomatic people in Turkey are tested for COVID-19.
Brazil : Travellers must test negative for COVID-19 within 24 hours (RTK) or 72 hours (PCR) before boarding.
Britain : Travellers who are not fully vaccinated must take a COVID-19 test within 2 days before departure, or on arrival in England. Negative COVID-19 tests are still required to enter certain venues in Wales and Scotland.
Sweden : Travellers must be fully-vaccinated or show a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours before arrival in Sweden.
Spain : Travellers must be fully-vaccinated or show a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours (PCR) or 48 hours (RAT) before arrival.
Czech Republic : Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test, irrespective of vaccination status.
Mexico : Travellers were never required to undergo a COVID-19 test.
El Salvador : Travellers were no longer required to present a negative COVID-19 test since 17 November 2021,
Japan : Travellers (including citizens) must submit a negative test result within 72 hours prior to departure.
Singapore : Travellers must submit a negative test result within 48 hours prior to departure.
Fact #2 : None Of Those Countries Cancelled COVID-19 Quarantine
Turkey : Unvaccinated travellers must undergo mandatory quarantine for up to 10 days. COVID-19 positive individuals and unvaccinated close contacts must quarantine for 7 days.
Brazil : Unvaccinated travellers must undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days. COVID-19 positive individuals must quarantine for at least 7 days.
Britain : Travellers who are not fully-vaccinated must quarantine for 10 days, until 11 February 2022. After that, only those who test positive on arrival in England must quarantine. COVID-19 positive individuals must quarantine for 10 days, including close contacts who are not fully-vaccinated.
Sweden : COVID-19 positive individuals must quarantine at home for at least five days.
Spain : COVID-19 positive individuals must quarantine at home for at least seven days.
Czech Republic : Close contacts must quarantine for 5 days. COVID-19 positive individuals must quarantine for at least 5 days.
Mexico : Travellers were never required to undergo a mandatory quarantine. COVID-19 positive individuals are required to quarantine for 5-10 days.
El Salvador : El Salvador can place municipalities under special quarantine with little to no prior notice.
Japan : Even with a negative test, all travellers from countries where Omicron variant is dominant must self-quarantine for 7 days. Close contacts must quarantine for 7 days,
Singapore : Travellers must quarantine until they receive a negative result for their On-Arrival COVID-19 PCR test. COVID-19 positive individuals must quarantine for 10 days.
Fact #3 : None Of Those Countries Cancelled COVID-19 Vaccination
COVID-19 vaccinations are still continuing in all ten countries mentioned in the fake message.
In fact, most of those countries have pretty high vaccination rates :
- Turkey : 62.1% fully vaccinated
- Brazil : 70.4% fully vaccinated
- United Kingdom : 71.9% fully vaccinated
- Sweden ; 72.9% fully vaccinated
- Spain : 80.8% fully vaccinated
- Czech Republic : 63.3% fully vaccinated
- Mexico : 59.7% fully vaccinated
- El Salvador : 64.8% fully vaccinated
- Japan : 79.2% fully vaccinated
- Singapore : 83.6% fully vaccinated
Fact #4 : None Of Those Countries Considers COVID-19 A Seasonal Flu
While many health experts predict COVID-19 could be “endemic”, that is still not certain.
If COVID-19 becomes endemic, that means SARS-CoV-2 is is impossible to completely eradicate, and is here to stay… forever.
However, it does not mean they consider COVID-19 to be nothing more than “just a seasonal flu”.
For one thing, COVID-19 is far more deadly than the seasonal flu, even though the flu is caused by multiple viruses.
The WHO also considers COVID-19 to be a pandemic, warning that it is too early to treat it as an endemic disease.
“We still have a huge amount of uncertainty and a virus that is evolving quite quickly, imposing new challenges. We are certainly not at the point where we are able to call it endemic.”
No matter how you slice or dice it, COVID-19 is currently not close to being “just a seasonal flu”.
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