The Biden administration will introduce restrictions on travel to the United States from South Africa and maintain restrictions on people traveling from the United Kingdom, Ireland and most of Europe in the midst of concerns about new contagious. coronavirus strains.
Jen Psaki, the new White House press secretary, said Monday that Joe Biden had “decided to keep restrictions previously in place for the European Schengen area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Brazil, the worsening and increasingly contagious pandemic. variants of contagious variants spreading ”.
“Now is not the time to lift restrictions on international travel,” Psaki told reporters. She added that “in light of the contagious variant,” South Africa would also be added to the list of restrictions, which prohibits non-US citizens from entering the United States from certain countries.
The Trump administration first put the bans in place early last year at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Trump’s White House decided to lift travel bans earlier this month before stepping down, but the Biden administration has said so would not follow given the number of cases and concerns that emerging strains of the virus are more contagious and deadly.
Accelerate the distribution of coronavirus vaccines and stopping the spread of the virus are two of the main challenges facing the new White House. More than 410,000 Americans have died from Covid-19, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
Mr Biden’s proposals for an additional $ 1.9 billion coronavirus relief include billions of dollars to help speed up vaccine distribution, and the new president has set a goal of administering 100 million. jabs during his first 100 days in office.
Ms Psaki added that as of Tuesday, international travelers to the United States – including US citizens – are expected to provide airlines with proof of a past negative Covid test with three days of travel.
“The president is taking these steps on the advice of his Covid-19 and his medical team,” she said.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention First ad earlier this month, international air passengers are expected to provide negative tests to enter the United States.