Joe Biden to reinstate Covid travel restrictions on travellers from UK

Joe Biden to reinstate Covid travel restrictions on travellers from UK”

"President Joe Biden will impose a ban on most non-U.S. citizens entering the country who have recently been in South Africa starting Saturday in a bid to contain the spread of a new variant of COVID-19", Reuters reported, citing a senior usa public health official.

President Joe Biden plans to sign restrictions Monday on travel to the United States to mitigate COVID-19 transmission, two White House officials confirmed Sunday.

Biden will also extend the restrictions to travelers who have recently been to South Africa, the official said.

She added the agency was "putting in place this suite of measures to protect Americans and also to reduce the risk of these variants spreading and worsening the current pandemic".

The president is also expected to reinstate broader restrictions that were in effect much of the past year but rescinded by former President Donald Trump days before his term ended.

Biden, who took office on Wednesday, is taking an aggressive approach to combating the spread of the virus after Trump rejected mandates sought by USA health agencies.

"The new variant I really worry about is the one that's out there but hasn't been spotted", he said, adding that the offering its genome-sequencing capability to other countries to help them identify new strains.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week warned the UK variant, already circulating in at least 10 U.S. states, could become the dominant variant in the United States by March.

"At the moment we are not alarmed about that", Collins said, given that vaccines still appeared effective against it.

U.S. travelers must have a negative Covid-19 test from within 72 hours prior to travel into the United Kingdom or Ireland, and in conjunction with proof of a completed Declaration of Traveler's Health to enter Brazil.

But CDC officials said they would consider case-by-case humanitarian exemptions for some travellers if needed.

Recent studies have come to concerning results that the South African variant of COVID-19 could pose a problem to a vaccine's efficacy.

"We're in a national emergency".

The decision to reverse the order is not surprising, but the addition of South Africa to the restricted travel list highlights the new administration's concern about mutations in the virus. Airlines have required passengers to wear masks and some local governments mandate mask use.

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