On Sunday the Trump Administration announced that it would deny entry to foreigners coming from Brazil, which is second to the United States in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The ban will take effect on Thursday and does not apply to legal permanent residents, a spouse, parent or child of a US citizen. Legal permanent residents will also be allowed to enter the country.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany presented the move as a “decisive action to protect our country” by president Trump.
“Today’s action will help ensure foreign nationals who have been in Brazil do not become a source of additional infections in our country,” she said.
The US leads the world with more than 1.6 million confirmed cases and a death toll that is expected to surpass 100,000 later this week, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. As of May 25, Brazil has 363,618 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 22,716 total deaths.
Brazil is the worst-hit Latin American nation with the continent of 423 million quickly emerging as a coronavirus hotspot.
In response to the travel ban, the adviser to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on international affairs Filipe Martins tweeted, “By temporarily banning the entry of Brazilians to the U.S., the American government is following previously established quantitative parameters that naturally reach a country as populous as ours. There isn’t anything specifically against Brazil. Ignore the hysteria from the press.”
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