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Trump suspends all travel from Europe to US to fight coronavirus

  • News Desk

    Reuters

Washington, United States   /   Thu, March 12, 2020   /   08:23 am
Trump suspends all travel from Europe to US to fight coronavirus U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the U.S response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic during an address to the nation from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., March 11, 2020. (REUTERS/Pool/Doug Mills)

US President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday the United States will suspend all travel from Europe to the United States for 30 days starting on Friday in order to fight the coronavirus.

Trump said the travel restrictions do not apply to the United Kingdom.

The restrictions, meant to combat the spread of the coronavirus, do not apply to legal permanent residents of the United States, nor does it generally apply to immediate family members of American citizens, DHS said in a statement.

DHS acting Secretary Chad Wolf said in the statement he plans to issue a notice in the next 48 hours that would require U.S. passengers who have been in Schengen Area countries to travel through select airports with enhanced screening.

The White House at dusk ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's address to the nation in Washington, U.S., March 11, 2020.  The White House at dusk ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump's address to the nation in Washington, U.S., March 11, 2020. (REUTERS/Tom Brenner)

Furthermore, Trump emphasizes that trade will not be affected by the 30-day restrictions on travel from Europe, apparently rolling back on comments he made in a speech earlier in the evening.

"The restriction stops people not goods," he said in the tweet.

In the speech about an hour earlier, Trump said: "These prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo but various other things as we get approval. Anything coming from Europe to the United States is what we are discussing."

U.S. President Donald Trump has canceled events planned this week in Colorado and Nevada "out of an abundance of caution from the coronavirus outbreak," White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.