US suspends travel from Brazil as schools reopen in parts of Australia
President Donald Trump has further limited travel to the US from the world’s coronavirus hotspots by denying entry to foreigners coming from Brazil, which is second to the US in the number of confirmed cases.
Trump had already banned certain travellers from China, Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland and, to a lesser extent, Iran. He has not moved to ban travel from Russia, which has the world’s third-highest caseload, approximately 20,000 fewer than Brazil’s.
The new restrictions will come into force on 28 May, and prohibit most non-US citizens from traveling to the United States if they have been in Brazil in the last two weeks. Green card holders, close relatives of US citizens and flight crew members, among select others, would be exempt.
The White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, cast the step as another “decisive action to protect our country” by Trump, whose management of the crisis has come under sharp scrutiny.
As the US approached 100,000 deaths on Memorial Day weekend, the president went golfing. The US leads the world with more than 1.6 million confirmed cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.
Brazil has more than 363,000 cases and more than 22,000 deaths. Last week, the World Heath Organisation declared that Latin America had become the centre of the pandemic.