Biden says travel bans will stay despite Trump order

Biden says travel bans will stay despite Trump order
The US imposed entry bans to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Incoming president Joe Biden’s spokeswoman says the United States will maintain travel bans on the UK, Brazil and much of the EU – despite an order from outgoing President Donald Trump to lift them.

On Monday, the White House decreed that the entry ban would end on 26 January – six days after Mr Biden takes office.

But Jen Psaki, Mr Biden’s spokeswoman, said on Twitter that now was not the time to be easing travel measures.

Mr Biden, a Democrat, is due to be inaugurated on Wednesday.

Last month, the US imposed the restrictions on Europe and the Brazilian entry ban was put in place in May.

Immediately after President Trump’s decree was issued, Ms Psaki tweeted: “On the advice of our medical team, the administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on 1/26.”

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

Just minutes earlier of her tweet, the White House had issued a statement saying that President Donald Trump had signed an order lifting the entry ban on the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Schengen area of Europe which allows travel across open borders, and Brazil from 26 January.

Travel bans for Iran and China would remain in place, the order said.

Following an order last week by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most air travellers arriving in the United States from 26 January will have to provide a negative coronavirus test or proof of recovery from the disease to enter.

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