Trump announces travel ban from Europe to the US in bid to stem coronavirus


Today the World Health Organization
officially announced that this is a global pandemic. We have been in frequent contact
with our allies and we are marshalling the full power
of the federal government and the private sector to protect
the American people. This is the most aggressive
and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus
in modern history. I am confident that by counting
and continuing to take these tough measures, we will significantly
reduce the threat to our citizens and we will, ultimately, and expeditiously
defeat this virus. After consulting with our top
government health professionals, I have decided to take several
strong but necessary actions to protect the health and wellbeing
of all Americans. To keep new cases from entering
our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe
to the United States for the next 30 days. The new rules will go into effect
Friday at midnight. These restrictions will be adjusted,
subject to conditions on the ground. There will be exemptions for Americans
who have undergone appropriate screenings and these
prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount
of trade and cargo but various other things
as we get approval. Anything coming from Europe
to the United States is what we are discussing. These restrictions will also not apply
the United Kingdom. At the same time we are
monitoring the situation in China and in South Korea
and as their situation improves we will re-evaluate the restrictions
and warnings that are currently in place for a possible early opening.

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