Trump issues new travel ban on Brazil. The United States of America has issued a travel ban on people travelling from Brazil after the South American country recorded 330 890 coronavirus cases including 21 048 deaths as of Friday 22 May, overtaking Russia for second place in the world for the highest number of cases, after the US.
The ban affects individuals who have been in Brazil within 14 days immediately preceding their attempt to enter the United States. Issuing the ban, President Donald Trump said: I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of all aliens 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.
Johns Hopkins University asserts that the proclamation is aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus coming into the United States from Brazil. Meanwhile, some European countries are reopening their economies despite experts warning against reopening too soon, and recommending some form of confinement measures until a vaccine or treatment is developed.
Governments are however feeling immense pressure to ease lockdowns which have had an adverse impact on economies.