Joe Biden plans to reinstate Coronavirus restrictions on Travel from UK and Europe

Joe Biden plans to reinstate Coronavirus restrictions on Travel from UK and Europe

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US President Joe Biden will reinstate the entry ban for travelers from the European Union (EU), UK and Brazil on Monday, including South Africa, as part of its effort against the coronavirus pandemic, local media reported this Sunday.

Chain CNN and the publication Politician, who cited White House sources, indicated that the decision reversed the measure announced on January 18, two days before leaving power, by former President Donald Trump.

The restrictions were to be lifted as of next Tuesday, January 26.

During this journey, The United States exceeded 25 million infected by the virus, and reached 417,538 deaths, which maintains it as the country most affected by the pandemic in the world.

The ban on passengers from the European Union and the United Kingdom was imposed by Trump in March, while the one on Brazil dates from May.

FILE PHOTO: Passengers in Terminal 1 at JFK International Airport in New York, USA, on March 13, 2020. REUTERS / Shannon Stapleton

FILE PHOTO: Passengers in Terminal 1 at JFK International Airport in New York, USA. 

In his decision of January 18, Trump decided to keep the travel restriction in force for passengers from China and Iran.

As soon as the order of the Republican leader, the current spokeswoman for the White House, was known, Jen Psaki, then pointed out on her Twitter account that “with the worsening of the pandemic and the emergence of more contagious variants around the world, this is not the best time to lift restrictions on international travel”.

“The Administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on January 26,” anticipated the current spokeswoman.

Further, The United States will require from Tuesday a negative covid-19 test to all air passengers before flying to the country, including Americans.

The measure, announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on January 12, also establishes the recommendation to undergo a new test three to five days after arrival in the country and remain in quarantine in home for seven days after the trip.

The top epidemiologist in the United States, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), speaks this January 21, 2021 at the White House. EFE / Al Drago

The top epidemiologist in the United States, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).
 

The chief US epidemiologist, Anthony Fauci, pointed out this Sunday that after the data released by the UK Government, it should be assumed that the British variant can “cause more damage, including death,” and pointed out that the vaccine is still effective even against the South African variant.

Fauci indicated that the British variation of the virus is “in at least 20 states of the United States”, and he pointed out that the vaccines administered in the country, that of Moderna and Pfizer, “seem to continue to protect against the mutant strain.”

Asked about the presence in the United States of the lineage discovered in South Africa, he admitted that he cannot say “definitely” that they know it as fact.

The official indicated that, although it has been observed that the South African mutation can “in some aspects” nullify the efficacy of the vacciness, these are still within a “buffer level” that makes them effective against these variants.

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