The White House announced yesterday (Sunday) that it will impose restrictions on the travel ban on brazil to the United States, two days after Brazil transformed into the second largest outpost of the Coronavirus worldwide.
Travel Ban on Brazil
The travel ban on brazil was a blow to Brazilian right-wing President Gayer Bolsonaro, who followed the example of President Donald Trump in tackling the pandemic, by rejecting calls for social separation and his promotion of unconfirmed drugs to treat Corona.
The Brazilian president’s office did not respond to the US decision, according to Reuters news agency.
“The United States maintains a strong partnership with Brazil, and we are working closely to reduce the social, economic, and health consequences of (COVID 19) in Brazil,” the US embassy in Brasilia said in a statement.
The embassy added that the new restrictions will take effect on May 28, and will prevent most non-US citizens from traveling to the United States if they have visited Brazil in the past two weeks.
Green card holders and immediate relatives of US citizens and flight crew members will be excluded.
The Brazilian Foreign Ministry described the decision travel ban on brazil as technical in the context of “important bilateral cooperation” to combat the “COVID 19” pandemic, highlighting the US donation of 6.5 million dollars, and a new pledge from the White House to provide 1,000 respirators.
Kelly McKinney, the White House press secretary, said the new restrictions would help ensure foreigners do not transmit new infections to the United States, but they do not apply to trade flows between the two countries.
Robert O’Brien, National Security Adviser, told CBS earlier yesterday (Sunday) that he hoped that this step could be reviewed later. He added, “I hope this will be temporary, but due to the situation in Brazil we will take all necessary steps to protect the American people.”
An adviser to the Brazilian president played down the importance of Trump’s move, highlighting common opinions on combating the virus with drugs to treat malaria, such as hydroxychloroquine, although there is no evidence that it can treat the virus.
“There is nothing against Brazil specifically,” said Philippe Martins, an international affairs adviser to the Brazilian president, on Twitter. He had previously said that Trump “has opened a direct line to exchange information on the protocol for using hydroxychloroquine and the latest treatments for the virus.”
Last month, the US Food and Drug Administration warned against using this drug to treat the “Covid-19” disease caused by the emerging Coronavirus, referring to “reports of serious heart problems” in patients treated with this drug.
For its part, the Brazilian Ministry of Health said that 653 deaths from the Coronavirus were recorded yesterday (Sunday), bringing the total number of deaths to 22,666 cases.
The ministry added that Brazil currently has 363,211 confirmed cases of Corona, 15,813 cases over Saturday.
On Sunday, the United States recorded 638 additional deaths from the emerging “Corona” virus within twenty-four hours, bringing to 97,686 the total number of deaths in the country since the start of the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University.
In total, one million and 641,585 cases were recorded in the country with “COVID 19”. According to the Baltimore-based university.
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