US will not lift Covid-19 travel ban despite Trump statement, says Biden team

The White House said on Monday that the United States would lift a travel ban imposed on the coronavirus against most non-US citizens arriving from Brazil and much of Europe from January 26. However, President-elect Joe Biden’s team quickly dismissed the statement.

According to the White House announcement, the restrictions would expire on the day new COVID-19 test requirements take effect for almost all international air passengers arriving in the United States.

But Biden’s spokeswoman on Monday quickly dismissed Donald Trump’s announcement that a Covid-19 ban on travelers coming from large parts of Europe and Brazil would be lifted, underscoring the United States’ brutal transfer of power.

“On the advice of our medical team, the administration does not intend to lift these restrictions 1/26,” tweeted Jen Psaki, Biden’s press secretary.

“In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel to further reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

On the advice of our medical team, the administration does not intend to lift these restrictions 1/26. In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel to further reduce the spread of COVID-19.

– Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) January 19, 2021

Biden will be inaugurated on Wednesday.

Reuters first reported Trump’s action earlier on Monday. Trump did not announce plans to lift restrictions he imposed last year on people who have recently been to China and Iran.

( Jowharwith AFP, REUTERS)