President Trump Bans Travel for Foreign Nationals Who Have Been to China in Last Two Weeks
President Donald Trump is taking measures to safeguard the American people as the Chinese coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world.
The White House has issued a travel ban on foreign nationals who have been to China in the past 14 days, keeping these individuals off of airplanes in an attempt to stop a pandemic from occurring in the U.S.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar made the announcement on Friday that the administration will be “temporarily suspending the entry into the United States of foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the 2019 novel coronavirus.” It is set to go into effect on Sunday at 5 p.m. EST.
Azar also confirmed that all U.S. citizens who have traveled to the Hubei Province within the last two weeks will be subject to a mandatory quarantine for up to 14 days when they return to the country. U.S. citizens coming back to the states from mainland China will be screened as they return and subject to up to 14 days of self-monitoring following arrival.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said to reporters that these emergency measures are being taken because of “the unknown of the aspects of this particular outbreak.”
This follows news that Russia shut down its border with China completely due to fears over the coronavirus pandemic spreading to that country:
State owned Russia Today reported that Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin issued an order to close Russia’s border with China in the Far East.
The Far East is Russia’s largest region in terms of landmass and it’s also the most remote area of the country.
This decision is following Vladimir Putin’s instructions on Wednesday when he requested that government officials do whatever they can to prevent the dissemination of the Chinese coronavirus.
Furthermore, Mishushtin directed Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova to update the public on a daily basis on the status of coronavirus in Russia. As of now, the Russian government has not confirmed any cases of the virus.
“An order has been signed today, it has become operational,” Mishustin informed ministers in Moscow.
“We will inform everyone today of the relevant measures to close the border in the Far East region and other measures the government has taken [to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Russia].”
Similarly, Moscow temporarily suspended the issuance of electronic visas to Chinese nationals, according to a Foreign Ministry announcement on Thursday afternoon.
President Trump is making sure that U.S. officials take the coronavirus seriously, and Americans are not afflicted with this terrible and deadly virus from Red China.