White House Restricts Travel From Brazil, Where Coronavirus Cases Near 350,000
Added 05-24-20 08:07:02pm EST - “President Trump is barring non-U.S. citizens who have been in Brazil in the past two weeks, in an effort to curb infections. Brazil has the world's highest number of cases after the U.S.” - Npr.org
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is seen at a demonstration in favor of his government on Sunday. Andressa Anholete/Getty Images hide caption
President Trump is barring the entry of non-U.S. citizens who have been in Brazil within the past 14 days, the White House announced on Sunday, citing concerns over the country's rapidly worsening coronavirus crisis.
"Today's action will help ensure foreign nationals who have been in Brazil do not become a source of additional infections in our country," White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.
The new restrictions take effect beginning Thursday, but according to McEnany, they only apply to travel, not "the flow of commerce between the United States and Brazil."
Brazil has the world's second-highest number of confirmed coronavirus infections, behind only the United States, according to tracking by Johns Hopkins University. As of Sunday, the country had reported more than 347,000 cases of the virus and at least 22,000 deaths.
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