US President Donald Trump has announced that the US may extend their current travel restrictions to even more countries, in an effort to halt the spread of COVID-19.
“They’ll be staying, and we may add a few more. But the guidelines will be very much as they are, maybe even toughened up a little bit. But they’re having a big impact, they’re having a tremendous impact,” Trump said at a White House press conference on Monday, referencing the measures taken by the US government to contain the COVID-19.
The measures included restricting travel to and from “high risk” countries and even decreasing movement between the US-Canada border.
Earlier in March, the US banned foreign travellers who had been in a Schengen Zone country in the last 14 days from entering the US, a ban which also included China, Iran, as well as the UK and Ireland.
At the time the government imposed the restrictions, there were only 3,802 reported coronavirus infections in the US, a number which has seen a drastic increase in the last two weeks. The coronavirus infections in the US are now double those in China, with 164,800 cases as of March 31 and over 3,000 deaths.
Trump also extended the social distancing rules to the end of April, claiming that he believes that the US will reach the peak of the pandemic within two weeks. He claimed that “the way you win” is through social distancing and expressed his belief that the US will be on its way to recovery by June.
In an effort to deal with the strain the coronavirus pandemic has imposed on the US health system, the US Bureau of Consular Affairs has offered visas to international medical professionals.
More than 100 countries across the world have imposed coronavirus travel restrictions alongside the US, including the EU Member States.
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