Coronavirus: US suspends travel from Brazil for foreigners

Ruben Hill
May 25, 2020

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany added in a statement: "Today, the president has taken decisive action to protect our country by suspending the entry of aliens who have been in Brazil during the 14-day period before seeking admittance to the United States".

Brazil had reported more than 347,000 COVID-19 cases, second behind the U.S.in the number of infections, according to a Johns Hopkins University count.

However, Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus task force response coordinator, said on Friday the Washington metropolitan area has the highest percentage of positive test results nationwide.

The United States is likely to impose travel restrictions on Brazil on Sunday, the White House national security adviser said, two days after the South American nation became the world No. 2 hot spot for coronavirus cases.

"They unleashed a virus on the world that's destroyed trillions of dollars in American economic wealth that we're having to spend to keep our economy alive, to keep Americans afloat during this virus".

The ban on travel from Brazil takes effect late Thursday.

Earlier Sunday, Robert O'Brien, the USA national security adviser, had said an announcement was likely.

President Donald Trump in March canceled the G7 meeting scheduled for June 10 as the coronavirus outbreak was spreading around the world and worldwide travel was curtailed. -China trade deal, O'Brien replied that "we're in a very different world" from when negotiations first began. It has over 1.6 million known cases and is nearing 100,000 deaths linked to the virus. This past Wednesday, Trump said he had been considering restrictions to travel from Brazil. President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly dismissed the risks posed by the virus.

The number of deaths in Brazil has been doubling roughly every two weeks, compared to about every two months in the United Kingdom, four months in France, and five months in Italy.

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