India is currently in the middle of a second surge of COVID cases. NPR.org writes that “India Is Counting Thousands Of Daily COVID Deaths. How Many Is It Missing?“
Due to the current situation in India, the US “has upgraded the travel advisory for India to an outright ban,” according to FOX News.
The ban was announced during the day on April 30 by Press Secretary Jen Psaki. Psaki mentioned that the ban was decided on based on advice from the CDC. The new policy will begin starting May 4.
Banning a country from traveling to the United States is a departure from President Biden’s previous thoughts on travel bans. FOX shared a Biden tweet from March 2020 saying “Banning all travel from Europe — or any other part of the world — will not stop it.”
With India’s daily COVID cases topping 400,000 today, the travel ban seems to be the right move to help avoid a new wave in cases spreading in the US.
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