Coronavirus: Trump suspends European travel

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President Donald Trump has announced travel restrictions between the United States and Europe as he revealed new measures to address the growing outbreak of coronavirus.

During an Oval Office address to the nation on Wednesday evening, the President said he is suspending all travel from Europe to the U.S. for 30 days beginning at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

Trump said the “strong but necessary” restrictions would not apply to the United Kingdom and there would be exemptions for “Americans who have undergone appropriate screenings.”

The president noted that the restriction also wouldn’t apply to cargo, adding that the U.S. would monitor the situation to determine if travel could be reopened earlier.

Trump said the European Union had “failed to take the same precautions” as the US in fighting the virus.

A presidential proclamation, published shortly after Trump’s speech, specified that the ban applied to anyone who had been in the EU’s Schengen border-free area in the 14 days before their arrival in the US.

The Schengen area, as defined in the proclamation, includes 26 European states, but does not include the UK or Ireland, which will not be subject to the ban.

Global infections of the coronavirus have now risen above 126,000 and there have been 4,600 deaths caused by what the World Health Organization has now officially declared a pandemic.

 




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