Donald Trump announces travel ban as US tackles coronavirus crisis

The US has suspended some travel from Europe in what President Donald Trump has called an “unprecedented response” as the nation tackles the coronavirus crisis.

“This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history,” Trump said from the Oval Office.

The 30-day travel ban, which excludes the UK, begins on Friday.

Trump made the decision in order to “keep new cases from entering our shores”.

“These prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo, but various other things as we get approval,” Trump said.


Late on Thursday officials, clarified Trump’s statements, saying new restrictions on travel from Europe apply only to foreign nationals.

Trump also said the US government is advising all nursing homes to suspend “all medically unnecessary visits”.

“In general, older Americans should also avoid non-essential travel in crowded areas,” he said.

“The elderly population must be very, very careful.

“Smart action today will prevent the spread of the virus tomorrow.

“Each of us has a role to play in defeating this virus.”

Trump used the opportunity to remind the public practice hygiene and to stay home if they’re sick.

He also said the government would be providing emergency economic relief for Americans impacted by the novel coronavirus.

– With CNN


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