People wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) carry the bodies of coronavirus (COVID-19) victims during a cremation in a crematorium in New Delhi, India, on April 26, 2021.
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Biden’s administration will restrict travel from India as the country grapples with the soaring coronavirus infection, White House Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday.
The policy will take effect on Tuesday, May 4, Psaki said in a statement. The administration made the decision on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Psaki said.
While COVID infections and deaths are lower in the United States, millions of Americans are vaccinated each day. But India is in an unprecedented increase in the number of patients.
India reported a record death toll from COVID on Wednesday. The country has an average of 3,050 coronavirus deaths per day, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, although media reports indicate that official figures are at the minimum.
India has reported an average of 357,000 new cases per day over the past seven days ̵1; about 26% more than last week, Johns Hopkins data showed.
The country is battling the highly contagious strain of COVID, known as B.1.617, which was first seen in India. There are two major mutations found separately in the other corona virus strains.Some are believed to be behind the latest ripple infection.
Since variables have been identified in other countries including the United States.
There are few direct flights between the US and India. United Airlines is the only major US airline to offer direct flights between two countries, with four flights to India a day. Air India has a similar number set next month, according to aviation data company Cirium.
The new travel order was not expected to ban flights. But not US citizens or newly-born permanent residents in India, a similar pattern, as it is imposed on many travel restrictions from the EU, China and Brazil, according to the report. A person familiar with the matter
The Biden administration, which faces bipartisan calls to help India in a health crisis, announced this week that the United States had sent the country more than $ 100 million worth of COVID, including 1,000 oxygen tanks and 15 million N95 masks. And 1 million rapid diagnostic tests.
Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One on Friday that two US Army planes loaded with supplies landed in India that morning, adding that they would be coming soon.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been in touch with his Indian partner in recent days, Psaki added.
Asked about the travel from India at a briefing on Friday’s outbreak of the epidemic, Covid coordinator Jeff Zients said the United States was “Continuously monitor the situation,” he added that America. “Very close contact with foreigners” and will “continue to follow the CDC’s scientific advice on travel and beyond.”
– Leslie Josephs from CNBC contributed to this report.