Trump Restricts Entry Into U.S. From Brazil as Virus Cases Spike

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The U.S. will restrict the entry of non-U.S. citizens arriving from Brazil, where coronavirus cases are spiking, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Sunday.

The order begins at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday. The entry of all foreigners who’ve been in Brazil during the 14-day period before their arrival into the U.S. will be halted, McEnany said in a statement.

The restrictions, foreshadowed earlier on Sunday by National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, don’t apply to the flow of commerce between the U.S. and Brazil.

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Trump said May 19 he was considering barring the entry of flights from Brazil, and he continued to float the idea, culminating in Sunday’s directive.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that Brazil “is experiencing widespread, ongoing person-to-person transmission of” the coronavirus, Trump said in the proclamation.

O’Brien said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he hoped any action taken would be temporary.

“Because of the situation in Brazil, we’re going to take every step necessary to protect the American people,” he added.

Brazil’s Covid-19 cases are approaching 350,000 and have risen from about 241,000 a week ago. Deaths, at over 22,000, are up from about 16,000 a week ago and are the fifth highest in the world. The U.S. has over 1.6 million confirmed cases and over 96,000 deaths.

O’Brien said the rest of South America, where coronavirus cases are lower would be looked at “on a country-by-country basis.”

The Brazil Foreign Ministry didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Trump restricted entry into the U.S. from China in late January and suspended most European travel to the U.S. in March.

— With assistance by Fabiana Batista

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