US President-elect Joe Biden’s spokesperson, Jen Psaki, has denied the announcement by President Donald Trump that the COVID-19 travel ban will be lifted on travelers coming in from most of Europe and Brazil.
“On the advice of our medical team, the Administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on 1/26,” Psaki, who is Biden’s press secretary, tweeted.
“In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”
“With the pandemic worsening, and more contagious variants emerging around the world, this is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel,” she added
Trump said he would lift the immigration ban, while COVID-19 travel restrictions would remain in effect for China and Iran.
This action is the only way to continue defending Americans from COVID-19 while allowing travel to resume safely,” according to the outgoing president.”
In an effort to combat the transmission of the coronavirus, Trump declared the original ban on January 31, 2020.
On March 14, the ban was applied to European nations, with America closing itself off from the world as the pandemic entered.