The U.S. imposes a 30-day blanket entry ban because of the coronavirus for people wishing to travel to the United States from Europe. The travel ban will take effect at midnight on Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced in a televised address on Wednesday. However, he says that the entry ban does not apply to the United Kingdom.
To prevent the continued entry of people infected with the coronavirus, “we will suspend all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days,” the U.S. president said. Americans who submit to such tests are exempt. Trump said the EU had not taken the same safeguards as the US and had not stopped traveling from China to Europe early enough.
Trump also announced relief efforts for workers who are sick, quarantined or care for people with the virus. State aid should also be granted to companies affected by the infections. This includes delaying tax payments.
The coronavirus is also spreading in the US. So far, at least 37 people in the United States have died of Covid-19 disease. According to statistics from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, more than 1,100 people in the United States are now infected with the CORONAvirus SARS-CoV-2.
The number of people in the United States is likely to be much higher because just over 11,000 people have been tested for the virus so far, according to the CDC. Tests that sometimes produced incorrect results in the U.S. after the outbreak of the crisis, and there were also sticking points, with Critics accusing Trump of not responding forcefully enough to the crisis. The spread of the virus has led to dramatic slumps in U.S. stock markets.
Trump had already ordered a travel ban in late January for foreign travelers who had been in China in the 14 days before. The Coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 had spread from China. At the end of February, the US President issued a corresponding regulation for foreigners who had been in Iran for the past two weeks. At the same time, travel advice for affected parts of Italy and South Korea has been tightened. The virus has spread rapidly in Iran, South Korea and Italy.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in the United States, said during a congressional hearing that the virus will continue to spread in the United States. “The bottom line is, it’s getting worse.” Fauci called on people to adapt their behavior to the crisis. “How much worse it will get will depend on our ability to do two things: stem the influx of people who are infected from the outside. And the ability to rein in and soften in our own country.”