“Visited The Epicenter Of Coronavirus In Italy, Customs Never Asked Me Where In Italy I went”

Julia Lindau, an Emmy-nominated multimedia producer who has specialized in international reporting and storytelling has claimed that US Customs at the John F. Kennedy International Airport are not strictly checking people coming into the United States for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Posting on Twitter, Lindau said:

I just landed at JFK after reporting on #coronavirus in Milan and Lombardy —the epicenter of Italy’s outbreak— for @vicenews. I walked right through US customs. They didn’t ask me where in Italy I went or if I came into contact with sick people. They didn’t ask me anything.

This comes when the virus is rapidly spreading across the world. Italy has announced that schools will be closed whilst some football matches were postponed due to concerns over the virus.

Fortunately, the US health system is functional and they can contain the virus. The case is different from developing states, resultantly complacency or negligence at the borders would be suicidal hence must not be tolerated.

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