Experts eye more travel testing to contain COVID in Hawaii


FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2020, file photo, a woman walks into the international airport in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials are facing pressure to increase COVID-19 testing for travelers.

The islands are weathering a record surge, and federal guidelines are being changed to require negative virus tests from both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers to the U.S.

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State leaders have resisted the implementation of a two-test policy for arriving travelers despite evidence that more COVID-19 testing would help reduce the spread of disease, especially in an isolated destination like Hawaii.

Earlier this summer, the state removed all testing requirements for vaccinated people. And even with a single pre-flight test for unvaccinated travelers, experts say infected passengers can easily slip through the cracks.

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