Biden restricts travel from India to the United States due to an increase in Covid-19 cases
India’s healthcare system has been overwhelmed by the recent surge, with 386,452 new cases. This can be an underestimate. People are waiting at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India. Photo: Anadolu Agency / Getty Images The White House said on Friday that the United States will limit travel from India starting next week, with a catastrophic increase in Covid-19 cases in the country and potentially dangerous variants of the coronavirus. Quoted the appearance. Restrictions that will take effect from May 4th. Most non-US citizens arriving from India are not allowed to enter the United States. White House spokesman Jen Psaki said the Joe Biden administration made the decision on the advice of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “This policy takes into account the very high number of Covid-19 cases and the multiple variants that are endemic in India,” she said. India’s healthcare system has been overwhelmed by the recent surge, the worst thing it has ever faced, and the virus is showing no signs of waning. With 386,452 new cases, India has now reported over 18.7m since the pandemic began, second only to the United States. The Ministry of Health on Friday also reported 3,498 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 208,330. Experts believe that both numbers are underestimated. US action will take place a few days after Biden talks to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the growing health crisis and promises to send immediate help. The United States is already moving to send remedies, rapid viral testing, and oxygen to India, along with some of the ingredients the country needs to promote domestic production of the Covid-19 vaccine. In addition, a CDC team of public health experts was expected to arrive in India shortly to help Indian health authorities delay the spread of the virus. The White House was waiting for the CDC’s recommendations before moving to limit travel. Please note that the United States has already required negative testing and quarantine for all international travelers. In January, Biden also banned most non-US citizens who recently stayed in South Africa from entering the country. He also imposed immigration bans on almost all non-US travelers staying in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and 26 European countries that allow cross-border travel. Both China and Iran are also subject to this policy. This policy means that most non-US citizens who have stayed in any of the designated countries within the last 14 days are not eligible to travel to the United States. Permanent residents of the United States and their families, as well as other non-US citizens such as students, are exempt. There was no immediate comment from the State Department about the new restrictions. It reissued a warning to Americans on a trip to India on Thursday, saying that people already in the country should consider leaving by commercial means. The warning was accompanied by a notice telling the families of all US government officials at the Embassy of New Delhi and the four consulates of India that they could leave the country at government expense. According to industry group Airlines for America, US international air travel remains down 60% from pre-Covid-19 levels, while US domestic air travel is down 40%.