Though the coronavirus pandemic seems to be winding down in much of the world, a fresh outbreak of COVID-19 has prompted President Donald Trump to issue a new order against inbound travel.
According to the New York Post, Trump has now banned non-citizens from traveling into the United States from Brazil. The news comes as the United States nears 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus disease, according to The New York Times.
An outbreak in Brazil
Brazil seems to be facing a COVID-19 outbreak rivaling the one that hit the U.S. in late March and lasted throughout April.
While most countries are seeing a downturn in cases, the month of May has been horrific for Brazil, with almost 21,000 new cases reported on Friday alone, according to The Brazilian Report.
Indeed, Brazil has only about 60% of the population of the United States, but it is now experiencing more reported cases.
As has been predominantly the case here in the United States, densely populated areas are experiencing the worst of the disease in Brazil, and now, local leadership is concerned that hospitals are going to be overwhelmed with the recent explosion of cases.
Cutting off travel
With Trump focused on reopening the United States, he cannot afford to have a second wave hit during the summer season, so travel is now being restricted from Brazil.
Travel restrictions are also still in place from both China and Europe.
“The potential for undetected transmission of the virus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States from the Federative Republic of Brazil threatens the security of our transportation system and infrastructure and the national security,” President Trump stated, according to the New York Post.
He went on: “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.”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany has stated that trade will not be impacted by the travel ban, the New York Post reported.