Biden to reinstate US entry restrictions

WASHINGTON | President Joe Biden will re-impose an entry ban into the United States on Monday on most non-US citizens who have visited Britain, Brazil, Ireland and much of Europe, said an official from the White House.

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Joe Biden will also extend this ban to travelers who have recently traveled to South Africa due to reports that new, more transmissible coronavirus variants are emerging in the United States, the official added.

This decision by the Democratic president is part of the new administration’s plan to fight the COVID-19 epidemic which is blazing in the most affected country in the world, both in terms of the number of infections (25.1 million) than deaths (over 419,000).

He estimated on Friday that the death toll from the disease in the United States “should reach much more than 600,000”.

In the first days after taking office on Wednesday, Joe Biden toughened the rules for wearing masks and ordered the quarantine of people traveling to the United States by plane.

During his last days in office, Donald Trump announced that the ban on entry to the United States for travelers from much of Europe and Brazil would be lifted, but the Biden administration has said it would immediately revoke this order which was due to go into effect on January 26.

Donald Trump announced, on January 31, 2020, an initial ban on non-American travelers entering from China to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The ban was extended to European countries on March 14.

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