Trump blocks travel from Brazil after coronavirus cases surge

Trump blocks travel from Brazil after coronavirus cases surge

As of Sunday evening, Brazil had more than 347,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

McEnany also questioned why the media wasn't outraged after "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski claimed the president was responsible for 100,000 deaths in a reference to the coronavirus death toll.

The announcement came days after President Donald Trump said he is considering imposing a halt on all travel coming from Latin America and Brazil amid worsening coronavirus outbreaks in the region.

The Trump administration said it is suspending entry to the USA by anyone who has been in the coronavirus-stricken country in the past 14 days.

"Ignore the hysteria from the press", tweeted Filipe Martins, Bolsonaro's special adviser on global affairs, adding it's the same as Trump's restrictions on travel from China, Iran and much of Europe. This past Wednesday, Trump said he had been considering restrictions to travel from Brazil.

As of Sunday afternoon, Brazil has recorded 347,398 COVID-19 infections, a figure only shadowed by the US, which has registered 1,632,721, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

APIB has recorded more than 980 officially confirmed cases of coronavirus and at least 125 deaths, which suggests a mortality rate of 12.6% - compared to the national rate of 6.4%. Green card holders, close relatives of USA citizens and flight crew members, among select others, would be exempt.

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Members of the Brazilian navy disinfecting Tom Jobim Galeao International Airport in Rio de Janeiro

On Sunday May 24, 2020, the White House issued a Presidential Proclamation (Proclamation) suspending the entry of travelers who have recently been to Brazil.

The new travel restrictions will not affect bilateral trade, she said.

A White House spokeswoman said yesterday the restrictions would help ensure new cases are not brought into the US.

National security adviser Robert O'Brien earlier on Sunday told CBS' "Face the Nation" he hoped the move could be reconsidered at some point. "Brazil has gone more or less herd, and they're having problems".

Trump signed an order today which denies entry to the United States to "all aliens" who were in Brazil.

Brazil's President has downplayed the severity of the virus and over the weekend was seen with anti-lockdown protestors in the nation's capital.

"There is nothing specific against Brazil", tweeted Filipe Martins, an adviser on global affairs to Bolsonaro.

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