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Covid-19: Biden to reinstate travel bans on non-US citizens, says official

A traveller stands with her luggage while wearing PPE outside the arrivals area of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. — AFP
A traveller stands with her luggage while wearing PPE outside the arrivals area of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. — AFP

Washington - The ban is likely to affect non-US citizens who have been in Britain, most of the European countries and South Africa



By AFP

Published: Mon 25 Jan 2021, 6:24 AM

Last updated: Mon 25 Jan 2021, 6:46 AM

President Joe Biden will announce he is re-imposing a Covid-19 travel ban on most non-US citizens who have been in Britain, Brazil, Ireland and much of Europe, a White House official said on Sunday, as the new administration ramps up its pandemic response.

Biden will also on Monday extend the ban to travellers who have recently been to South Africa amid warnings that new, more transmissible coronavirus variants are already establishing themselves in the United States, the official said, confirming US media reports.

The new president last week tightened mask wearing rules and ordered quarantine for people flying into the US, as he seeks to tackle the country’s worsening coronavirus crisis.

Biden has said that the Covid-19 death toll would likely rise from 420,000 to half a million next month — and that drastic action was needed.

“We’re in a national emergency. It’s time we treated it like one,” he said on Thursday.

In his last days in office, Donald Trump announced that a Covid-19 ban on travellers arriving from much of Europe and Brazil would be lifted — but the Biden administration said it would immediately reverse the order due to come into effect on January 26.

Trump had announced an initial ban on January 31, 2020, on non-American travellers entering from China to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The ban was extended to European countries on March 14 as the pandemic entered full force.


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