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Joe Biden to maintain EU, Brazil travel restrictions

Washington DC, Jan 18 (efe-epa).- United States President-elect Joe Biden will not lift travel restrictions on visitors from Europe and Brazil from Jan. 26, as announced by the outgoing President Donald Trump on Monday, his spokesperson, Jen Psaki, said.

“On the advice of our medical team, the Administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on 1/26. In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Psaki said on Twitter.

“With the pandemic worsening, and more contagious variants emerging around the world, this is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel,” she added.

The restrictions are scheduled to be rolled back six days after Biden takes office on Wednesday.

Psaki’s remarks came just minutes after Trump lifted the entry ban on travelers from the European Union, the United Kingdom and Brazil, effective from Jan. 26.

“On January 12, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an order, effective January 26, 2021, requiring proof of a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving from a foreign country to the United States,” Trump said in a White House statement.

“I agree with the Secretary (of Health and Human Services) that this action is the best way to continue protecting Americans from COVID-19 while enabling travel to resume safely,” he added.

The ban on passengers from the EU and the UK was imposed in March 2020 and that on travelers from Brazil in May.

However, in his announcement, Trump says travel restrictions will remain in place for visitors from China and Iran, “which repeatedly have failed to cooperate with the United States public health authorities and to share timely, accurate information about the spread of the virus.”

The US is the world’s worst affected country with more than 24 million Covid-19 cases and nearly 400,000 deaths, according to the independent count of the Johns Hopkins University. EFE-EPA

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