The Biden administration has raised travel advice for India to an immediate ban as the country’s COVID-19 crisis remains out of control – something President Biden once said would “never stop” the coronavirus.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced the ban Friday afternoon, saying the decision was made on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The US issues India’s tourism advisory as to deepen the COVID-19 crisis.
“The administration will restrict travel from India starting immediately,” Psaki told reporters. “This policy will be implemented with regard to the ultra-high COVID-19 containment and the variations circulating in India.”
The policy will take effect Tuesday, May 4.
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Biden previously criticized the travel ban by then-President Donald Trump as a means of combating the COVID-19 epidemic, saying they “won’t stop” the disease.
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“The total travel ban from Europe – or the rest of the world – won’t stop there,” Biden tweeted in March 2020 at the start of the epidemic.
“The wall will not stop the coronavirus,” he wrote, “the ban on travel from Europe or the rest of the world will not stop the disease, it could affect every nation and everyone on the planet – and we need to have a plan for it. Fighting it “