The White House said on Friday that the United States would restrict travel from India from May 4, citing the catastrophic rise in COVID-19 cases in the country and the emergence of dangerous variants of the corona virus.
White House Press Secretary Jen Zhaki said the decision was made by President Joe Biden’s administration on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“This policy will be implemented in light of the unusually high COVID-19 cassettes and many other types in India,” he said.
This policy means that most non-American citizens who have been in India for the past 14 days will not be allowed to travel to the United States. There are some exceptions for permanent residents of the United States, family members, and some other non-American citizens.
India has reported more than 18.7 million cases since the outbreak, second only to the United States. The Ministry of Health of India has registered 3,498 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 208,330. Experts believe both figures are a calculation, but it is not clear how much.
Countries from Europe to Asia have begun to isolate and close borders to people in India. The alertness is increasing as cases are increasing and new variants of the virus are causing a steep rise in cases.
Australia, which was able to almost eradicate the virus domestically, said residents and citizens who had been in India for the previous 14 days before returning home late on Friday would be barred from entering the country until May 3 with a hefty fine and up to five years in prison if they disobeyed for too long.
“Our hearts go out to the Indian people – to our Indo-Australian community,” Health Minister Greg Hunt said in a statement. “Friends and family in Australia are at great risk. Unfortunately, many are contracting COVID-19, and many more are dying every day. ”
He said the Australian government would reconsider the ban on May 15.
Oxygen, sent for treatment
The move comes days after Biden promised immediate assistance to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his growing health crisis in his country.
The United States has already moved to send to India for treatment, rapid viral testing and oxygen, along with some of the materials needed for the country to boost domestic production of the COVID-19 vaccine.
In addition, the CDC team of public health experts was expected to be on the ground soon in India, where health officials are helping to slow the spread of the virus.
“As a nation, we are committed to supporting the Indian people,” said Kamala Harris, vice president of Indian descent. “We have already made a commitment based on the dollar amount going to the BPE and many other things,” he said.
“But it’s sad,” he added, “and my prayers go out to the people about the suffering, the naked suffering that is happening.”
This is not surprising. However restricted travel #India Only slow but dangerous varieties will not stop coming to the country. If this epidemic has taught us anything, there are no boundaries or barriers to epidemic. #IndiaCovidCrisis https://t.co/gFt4KX3agr
– Kritika Kuppalli, MD Fitza (Kritika Kuppalli) May 1, 2021
Worldwide it now approaches 900,000 daily calculated cases, with 51% from India (more than 1/3 of all cases) and Brazil. pic.twitter.com/BSDs1MOFNx
– David Bisman (@DFisman) May 1, 2021
The White House was waiting for the CDC recommendation before releasing its announcement, noting that the United States already needed negative testing and isolation for all international travelers.
Other controls travel from China, Iran, the European Union, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Brazil and South Africa, which are hotspots for the corona virus.