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The White House confirmed the decision of President Joe Biden to impose a travel ban on the United Kingdom, Ireland and 26 European nations.

According to Time, the travel limitations apply to South Africa, as one of the President’s measures to slow the transmission of COVID-19. Of the most recent prohibition, most non-US citizens would be prevented from entering the US if they had been to South-Africa.

Biden’s his administration unveiled a decision to lift travel bans from a variety of countries beginning Jan. 26 as President Trump prepared to leave office.

But White House press secretary Jen Psaki at that time, said that Biden’s government planned to block the move by Trump, saying on Twitter that “this is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel.”

“In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Psaki tweeted.

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Reuters had earlier recorded America’s proposal to limit South African travelers to most non-U.S. People, quoting the CDC’s officials. 

Both travelers arriving in the U.S. beginning yesterday, including residents, will be expected to undergo a COVID-19 viral examination within three days of their departure and to include a negative outcome with written evidence. 

This weekend, the United Kingdom cautioned that COVID-19 vaccines could be less successful against new strains being discovered in South Africa and Brazil, justifying tighter border controls. 

“I feel fairly confident that it is here and we’re just not detecting it yet,” Gottlieb said on “Face the Nation Extra” on CBS.

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