The measure applies to foreign citizens who have been in the South American country during the 14-day period before applying for admission to the United States. The White House clarified that it will not affect the commercial flow between both countries
The White House announced Sunday that President Donald Trump has banned non-US citizens from Brazil from entering the country, a nation that has already become the new epicenter of the coronavirus.
“Today the President has taken decisive measures to protect our country by suspending the entry of foreigners who have been in Brazil for the period of 14 days before applying for visa to the United States” White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.
“As of May 23, 2020, Brazil had 310,087 confirmed cases of COVID-19, which is the third highest number of confirmed cases in the world. Today’s action will help ensure that foreigners who have been to Brazil do not become a source of additional infections in our country. These new restrictions do not apply to the flow of trade between the United States and Brazil, ”adds the statement.
This Sunday, the White House National Security Advisor, Robert O’Brien said “We hope it is not definitive, but due to the situation in Brazil, we are going to take the necessary measures to protect the American population,” he told the local CBS network .
The latest count from Johns Hopkins University brings to more than 347,000 confirmed cases in Brazil, while Russia is in third place with 344,000 infected. The United States, meanwhile, remains the country with the most infected, with more than 1.6 million.
O’Brien, for his part, announced that Washington will send ventilators to Brazil and Russia for the COVID-19 patients.
In January, before the coronavirus began to spread rapidly throughout the United States, US President Donald Trump banned entry from China, the origin of the pandemic. Travel from Europe was banned in early March following the outbreak on the Old Continent.
In the last 24 hours, Brazil registered 16,508 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total balance of those infected to 347,398 and maintaining it as the second country in the world most affected by the pandemic, after the United States, which already has some 1.6 million cases. The South American power reached 22,013 deaths from the virus this Saturday, after registering 965 deaths during the last day, according to the most recent balance disclosed by the Ministry of Health.
The epicenter of the disease in Brazil continues to be the state of São Paulo, the richest and most populous in the country, with some 46 million inhabitants, registering 6,045 deaths and 80,558 confirmed cases. Behind is the state of Ceará, in the impoverished northeast of the country, with 35,122 infections and 2,308 deaths, alarming numbers for its population, estimated at some nine million people.
For its part, Rio de Janeiro is also worrying with 3,905 deaths from COVID-19, of which 248 occurred in the last 24 hours, a new record for the most emblematic state in Brazil, which already has 34,533 infected.
However, according to various studies, the actual number of cases could be up to 15 times higher due to the high underreporting in the country, which is now fighting to expand the capacity of the laboratories.