White House still considering lifting European and Brazilian travel restrictions: sources By Reuters

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By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House is still considering lifting entry bans for the majority of non-U.S. Citizens who were recently in Brazil and much of Europe in the last few days before President Donald Trump leaves office. said two officials briefed on the matter. . Reuters first reported on Nov.25 that the administration was actively considering lifting the ban after gaining support from members of the coronavirus task force and public health officials, but no decision has been made to date. . On Tuesday, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) signed an order requiring nearly all air travelers to submit a negative coronavirus test or a COVID-19 recovery test to enter the States. United as of January 26. The new testing requirements will clear the way for the administration to lift restrictions that reduced travel from some European countries by 95% or more. Airlines for America, an industry trade group, praised the test plan but encouraged the White House to “simultaneously lift existing entry restrictions for travelers from Europe, the UK and Brazil.” On Tuesday, Marty Cetron, director of the CDC’s global quarantine and migration division, said those entry bans were an “opening act strategy” to address the spread of the virus and should now be “actively reconsidered.” “This test strategy is the pivot to something that is more comprehensive and more sensible in many ways,” said Cetron. Current restrictions prohibit most non-US citizens from entering the United States if they have been within most of Europe or Brazil in the past 14 days. Many administration officials argued that the restrictions no longer make sense given that most countries are not subject to entry bans. Others argue that the United States should not remove entry bans, as many European countries block the majority of American citizens. Reuters previously reported that the White House is not considering lifting entry bans for most non-US citizens who have recently been to China or Iran.

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