US Issues Brazil Travel Ban Over COVID-19 Fears
The United States is suspending travel from Brazil as the coronavirus pandemic worsens in Latin America’s largest nation and economy. President Donald Trump issued a proclamation on Sunday banning ‘all aliens’ who have been in Brazil within 14 days before entering the U.S..
The ban does not apply to lawful permanent resident of the United States, their spouses, parents or their children. There are some additional exclusions that are listed in the White House publication.
“The potential for undetected transmission of the virus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States from the Federative Republic of Brazil threatens the security of our transportation system and infrastructure and the national security, and I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States,” the president said.
Brazil President Bolsonaro has repeatedly dismissed the pandemic, likening the virus to “a little flue” and urging the country’s governors to lift stay-at-home orders and reopen for business.
Brazil has more than 347,000 confirmed cases of the virus and at least 22,013 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. It ranks second in total cases and sixth in number of deaths worldwide. The U.S. leads both categories. But when it comes to per capital cases and deaths, neither country is in the top 10 worldwide.