As the world battles the coronavirus outbreak, the United States will be introducing a wide range of new restrictions on all the travellers from Europe. President Donald Trump mentioned that the move was “strong but necessary,” in a televised address earlier.
For 30 days from tomorrow, travellers from 26 countries in the Schengen border-free travel zone will not be allowed to enter the United States of America. The arrivals include Austria, Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and Portugal, etc.
From the Oval Office on Wednesday evening, Trump said, they will suspend all the travel from Europe to keep any the new cases from entering their shores. The new rules will get into effect by Friday midnight.
The ban will also get applied to the people who have been in the Schengen area in the last 14days before the arrival in the United States as per the presidential proclamation. We have 38 deaths due to the virus and 1,135 confirmed cases of the virus across the US.
The travel order does not get applied to US citizens. The unaffected countries include The United Kingdom and Ireland, which are outside the travel-free zone. Trump also added that the European Union has failed to take all the precautions like the United States is seeking to fight against the virus.
The total deaths in the Schengen area due to coronavirus have come to 711, and in total 17,442 people had been affected by this epidemic as on Wednesday. The city has continuous growth in the infection rate as per the health officials.
The suspension will also apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo coming from Europe into the country, the United States president added. He also tweeted later that the trade will not be affected.
The European Commission has issued a scathing statement in response to the ban. It said, rather than unilateral actions, it requires co-operating as the coronavirus is a global crisis.
The decision to impose a ban by the United States was taken unilaterally, and without consultation hence the European Union disapproves of this fact.