Coronavirus live updates: Biden admin won't lift COVID travel restrictions after Trump announces changes for UK, Europe

Coronavirus dwell updates: Biden admin will not elevate COVID journey restrictions after Trump declares modifications for UK, Europe

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Shortly after the Trump administration introduced it might be lifting COVID journey restrictions for the U.Ok., elements of Europe and Brazil, the incoming Biden staff mentioned that may not be the case.

Jen Psaki, incoming White Home press secretary for President-elect Joe Biden, tweeted that the brand new administration would not intend to elevate the journey restrictions on Jan. 26.

“With the pandemic worsening, and extra contagious variants rising around the globe, this isn’t the time to be lifting restrictions on worldwide journey,” she tweeted. “On the recommendation of our medical staff, the Administration doesn’t intend to elevate these restrictions on 1/26. The truth is, we plan to strengthen public well being measures round worldwide journey so as to additional mitigate the unfold of COVID-19.”

Trump issued a proclamation Monday night time, saying he’ll rescind journey bans for non-U.S. residents from Brazil, the UK and far of Europe subsequent week.

The journey bans have been put in place at first of the pandemic following calls from well being officers who urged the president to cease the unfold of the virus.

The restrictions might be eliminated beginning Jan. 26, the identical day that every one vacationers should current a damaging coronavirus check or proof of restoration from COVID-19 to enter america.

“Public well being officers within the jurisdictions have a confirmed report of working with america to share correct and well timed COVID-19 testing and development information, and america has energetic collaborations with the jurisdictions relating to how you can make journey protected between our respective international locations,” the proclamation mentioned.

The U.Ok. and Europe bans have been instituted in March, whereas the Brazil ban was carried out in Might.

-ABC Information’ Elizabeth Thomas