White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil

Elias Hubbard
May 25, 2020

The proclamation is meant to curb the spread of infection between the two countries.

Brazil joins the UK, Europe, and China under travel restrictions related to the coronavirus. The restrictions also do not apply to trade between the United States and Brazil.

The new restrictions bar most non-US citizens who have visited Brazil within the past 14 days. He said the travel ban would likely be temporary.

"The potential for undetected transmission of the virus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States from [Brazil] threatens the security of our transportation system and infrastructure and the national security", said the suspension order published by the White House on Sunday.

O'Brein was also asked about European restrictions in mid-March coming too late, and claimed that the U.S. was unaware that China allowed travel to the continent.

McEnany cast it as a move by US President Donald Trump "to protect our country". "Brazil has gone more or less herd, and they're having problems".

"I don't want people coming over here and infecting our people".

"We are very close to the limit because we have had a very large increase in the needs and demand for medical attention, and for intensive care unit beds and ventilators", Mr Piñera said at the opening of a new field hospital in the capital on Sunday.

Brazil has seen 363,618 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 22,716 deaths. Not only has Brazil become one of the epicentres of the coronavirus crisis, but it's clear that the president and his team are unable - or even willing - to lead the country out of it.

The South American nation recently became the world's second major hotspot for coronavirus cases.

Data from Brazil's civil aviation agency shows there has already been a sharp reduction in US-bound flights from the South American country.

Brazil has signalled that it would not argue with the measure, with Filipe Martins, an advisor on worldwide affairs to Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, noting that the U.S. has "followed previously established quantitative parameters" when coming with the travel ban.

On Sunday he joined dozens of followers during a rally in Brasília, shrugging off social isolation recommendations.

Brazil has had over 347,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, as of Sunday.

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