Donald Trump has suspended the entry of travellers from various countries into the USA for a month. This move comes after the WHO officially declared the spread of coronavirus a pandemic.
WHAT DID DONALD TRUMP SAY?
This news was announced in a speech broadcast from the Oval Office.
“Taking early intense action we’ve seen dramatically fewer cases of the virus in the United States than are now present in Europe.”
“After consulting with our top government health professionals I have decided to take several strong but necessary actions to protect the health and well-being 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.”
WHICH COUNTRIES COME UNDER THIS BAN?
Foreign nationals belonging to countries in the Schengen Area come under the purview of the ban. 26 countries make up the Schengen Area. They are – Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The ban also applies to people who have visited these countries in the past two weeks.
The Republic of Ireland and UK are both exempted from the ban.
Moreover, this ban only applies to individuals, goods being imported from these countries will not be rejected.
WHAT IS THE GLOBAL STATUS OF CORONAVIRUS?
More and more countries are reporting increasing numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases.
The number of confirmed cases in the United States of America has exceeded 1000, and this number is expected to rise. Meanwhile, the number of deaths has risen to 31.
Italy is facing the worst of the COVID-19 virus. There are more 12,000 confirmed cases and a death toll of 827.
The number of confirmed cases in India has crossed 70. To minimize the spread, schools and colleges in the national capital have been closed till the end of the month. Denmark has 514 cases so far and is following the same approach as India, except throughout the country.
Germany currently has nearly 1300 confirmed cases.
Individuals everywhere are being told to take precautions to protect against the global pandemic.