Coronavirus: United States bans travel from Brazil

Latin American country has nearly 350,000 Covid-19 cases with 22,000 deaths

Supporters of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro attend a demonstration, in Brasilia on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Supporters of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro attend a demonstration, in Brasilia on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

 

The White House has announced a ban on travel to the US from Brazil due to the spread of coronavirus in Latin America’s hardest-hit country.

Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement that the ban applies to foreign nationals who have been in Brazil in the 14 days before they sought to travel to the United States.

Ms McEnany cast it as a move by president Donald Trump “to protect our country”.

Mr Trump has already banned travel from the United Kingdom, Europe and China, all of which have been hit hard by the virus.

Mr Trump had said last week that he was considering imposing similar restrictions on Brazil.

Brazil had reported more than 347,000 Covid-19 cases, second behind the US in the number of infections, according to a Johns Hopkins University count.

Brazil also has recorded more than 22,000 deaths, fifth-most in the world.

There have been more than 97,000 US deaths.

Coronavirus has infected more than 5.3 million people across the world and killed over 342,000, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. – PA