Trump suspends all travel from Europe to US as coronavirus continues to spread
Last night, President Donald Trump announced significant measures to deal with the increasing threat of the coronavirus.
From Friday, the US is ceasing all flights from the Schengen border-free travel area for 30 days. This covers most of central and Western Europe, overall including 26 European countries. This notably does not include the UK and Ireland.
In his speech, Trump said: “This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history. I am confident that by counting and continuing to take these tough measures, we will significantly reduce the threat to our citizens and we will ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus.
“Our team is the best anywhere in the world. At the very start of the outbreak, we instituted sweeping travel restrictions on China and put in place the first federally mandated quarantine in over 50 years. We declared a public health emergency and issued the highest level of travel warning on other countries as the virus spread its horrible infection.”
He also slammed the European Union saying they failed “to take the same precautions and restrict travel from China and other hot spots. As a result, a large number of new clusters in the United States were seeded by travellers from Europe.”
Trump also announced that there will be exemptions for Americans who had undergone appropriate screenings, and these travel prohibitions will not apply to trade.
This speech follows Trump approving a $8.3 billion funding bill to help the CDC and other government agencies to fight the virus as well as contribute to a development of a vaccine.
Responding to the new travel restrictions, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, tweeted: “Economic disruption must be avoided. #Europe is taking all necessary measures to contain the spread of the #COVID19 virus, limit the number of affected people and support research.”
Minority Senate Leader, Senator Chuck Schumer responded to the speech saying they urged Republicans to help pass the Families First Coronavirus Act. This bill would include free Coronavirus testing, paid emergency leave for workers, food security assistance, help to states overburdened by Medicaid costs, and strengthened Unemployment Insurance.
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