AuthorTopic: President Biden plans to ban travel by non-citizens into the U.S. from S. Africa  (Read 1047 times)

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"At this point, sharply curtailing air travel to and from China is more of an emotional or political reaction, said Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, an epidemiologist and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

“The cow’s already out of the barn,” he said, ”and we’re now talking about shutting the barn door.”

Oh wait, MY BAD, that was a NYT article from Jan 2020 about Trump... here's the new one:

"On his last full day in office, Mr. Trump tried to eliminate the Covid-19-related ban on travel from Europe and Brazil, saying it was no longer necessary. Jen Psaki, now the White House press secretary, said at the time that ending the ban was the wrong thing to do and she indicated that Mr. Biden would not allow that to happen.

A White House official said on Sunday that Mr. Biden would extend the travel ban on those areas in the coming days.

On Monday, health authorities announced a case of the so-called South African variant had been recorded in New Zealand in a returned traveler who had been released from hotel quarantine after twice testing negative. Over two dozen countries have now reported cases of the variant.

In addition to the travel bans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already said that everyone over age 2 will be required to present a negative coronavirus test taken within three days of attempting to travel into the United States.

A White House official said Sunday that the C.D.C. will not issue waivers from that policy as some airlines had requested."


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