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President Donald Trump has ordered the United States to restrict travel from Brazil

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According to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Sunday, President Donald Trump has ordered the United States to temporarily restrict travel from Brazil, which has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. The order restricts foreign nationals to travel to the United States who “were physically present within the Federative Republic of Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States,” (Business Insider). The order does not apply to American citizens, lawful permanent residents, or their direct family members, such as spouses, legal guardians, or children, according to BBC. McEnany also stated that the order would not affect free commerce between Brazil and the United States, and that the order is set to go into effect on Tuesday, May 26, at 11:59pm. McEnany, speaking about the need for the travel ban, said Sunday that the White House’s order “will help ensure foreign nationals who have been in Brazil do not become a source of additional infections in our country.” ~

Brazil has become the second largest hotspot in the world for Coronavirus cases, recording the second most positive cases with 376,669 and the sixth most deaths with 23,522 (WHO). According to BBC, the number of deaths in the South American country has been doubling roughly every 14 days, compared to about every 60 days in the UK, 120 days in France, and 150 days in Italy. Even as Brazil passes Russia for the second most cases of COVID-19, many experts have warned that the actual quantity of positive cases in Brazil may be much higher due to a lack of testing. Brazil only falls behind the United States, which has 1,699,634 cases and 99,498 deaths, in positive Coronavirus cases. ~

Sunday’s announcement to ban travel from Brazil is just the latest travel restriction imposed by the United States to combat the Coronavirus pandemic. In late January, foreign nationals who had recently visited China were banned from traveling to the United States. Travel from Iran was restricted in February, followed by the European Schengen area (includes 26 European countries) in March, and the UK and Ireland shortly after. ~

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