Washington: US President-elect Joe Biden’s spokeswoman has clarified that the Administration does not intend to lift Covid-19 ban on travellers arriving from much of Europe and Brazil.
Reportedly, Donald Trump in a statement had stated that Biden would lift the travel ban on Europe and Brazil. Travel bans for China and Iran would remain in place, he said.
“On the advice of our medical team, the Administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on 1/26,” tweeted Jen Psaki, Biden’s press secretary.
“In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”
“With the pandemic worsening, and more contagious variants emerging around the world, this is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel,” she added.
Both statements come days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that all air passengers bound for the US are required to test negative for Covid-19 within three days of their departure.