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We require a genetic early warning radar, as demonstrated by China’s COVID boom.

Travelers from China must show a negative test for the coronavirus starting Jan. 5. The move might delay transmission of a new variant, but is probably of limited practical use. Omicron coronavirus is circulating in China, where elderly are under-vaccinated and population lacks immunity. An aggressive new offspring of omicron, XBB.1.5, is taking hold in New York and Northeast. Tighter scrutiny of passengers coming from China is a short-term measure that can buy time.