- USA to extend the ban to travelers who have recently been to South Africa
- The new president tightened the rules for wearing masks last week
- “We’re in a national emergency. It’s time we treated it like one,” he said
Washington, United States:
President Joe Biden will reinstate Covid-19 travel bans on most non-US citizens who have been to the UK, Brazil, Ireland and much of Europe, a White House official said on Sunday as the new administration closed its pandemic Reaction intensified.
Biden will also extend the ban on Monday to travelers who have recently been to South Africa, under the warning that new, more transmissible variants of coronavirus are already establishing themselves in the US, the official confirmed US media reports.
The new president last week tightened the rules for wearing masks and ordered quarantine for people flying to the US to cope with the country’s worsening coronavirus crisis.
Biden said the Covid-19 death toll was likely to rise from 420,000 to half a million next month – and that drastic action was required.
“We are in a national emergency. It is time we treated him like one,” he said on Thursday.
In his final days in office, Donald Trump announced that a Covid-19 ban would be lifted for travelers arriving from large parts of Europe and Brazil. However, the Biden government immediately announced that it would reverse the order that came into force on January 26th.
Trump announced a first ban on non-American travelers from China on January 31, 2020 to stop the spread of the corona virus. The ban was extended to European countries on March 14, when the pandemic took full effect.
According to the Johns Hopkins University balance sheet on Sunday, more than 25 million Covid-19 cases have been recorded in the US since the pandemic began.
The milestone was reached just five days after the US, the world‘s richest and hardest-hit nation, recorded 400,000 deaths from the disease.
Biden has made fighting the coronavirus a priority and is pushing for Congress to approve a $ 1.9 trillion aid package that includes billions of dollars to increase vaccination rates.
Inaugurated Jan. 20, the president said he wanted 100 million people to be vaccinated within his first 100 days in office, and he urged Americans to wear masks for 100 days.
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