(FILES) On this file picture taken on February 25, 2020, US President Donald Trump speaks throughout a press convention in New Delhi. US President Donald Trump introduced a information convention from the White Home on the coronavirus epidemic February, 26, 2020, with specialists warning they anticipate it to unfold in the US.
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The USA stated Saturday it was stepping up its struggle towards the coronavirus and increasing a European journey ban to incorporate the UK and Eire, whereas acknowledging that some home journey curbs are additionally being thought-about.
President Donald Trump has determined to “suspend all travel from the United Kingdom and Ireland” efficient midnight Monday EST (0400 GMT Tuesday), Vice President Mike Pence advised a White Home information convention.
“Americans in the UK or Ireland can come home. Legal residents can come home,” Pence stated, including that such folks can be “funneled through specific airports and processed.”
Requested about doable journey restrictions inside the US, Pence stated the administration was contemplating “a broad range of measures, but no decisions have been made yet.”
“We’re going to continue to follow the facts,” he stated. “We’re going to continue to listen to the experts.”
Anger In Europe
European officers have reacted angrily to Trump’s sweeping journey ban, calling on the US for cooperation to struggle the pandemic.
The unique 30-day US ban on journey from the 26 nations of Europe’s Schengen border-free zone took impact on Saturday, however notably excluded Britain and Eire.
A senior administration official stated Saturday of the brand new restrict on journey from the UK and Eire that “I do believe it will be the same duration as the Schengen Zone.”
The administration had hoped to cease anybody from the Continent utilizing the UK and Eire as transit factors en path to the US, the official advised reporters in a background briefing, “but that is proving operationally very difficult for us.”
The unique transfer brought about widespread consternation amongst vacationers.
Britain’s dying toll from the novel coronavirus practically doubled on Saturday, to 21.
Official figures confirmed the nation has 1,140 confirmed circumstances — a rise of 342 from the day earlier than. However a senior well being official has estimated that the variety of contaminated folks is extra more likely to be between 5,000 and 10,000.
The Republic of Eire — which has taken strict steps to stem the unfold of the coronavirus — thus far has 70 confirmed circumstances and one dying.