December 2, 2020

Coronavirus: US travel ban on 26 European countries comes into force

President Donald Trump’s travel ban on 26 European nations has {come into|come right into|enter into} force in the US, {as part of|included in|within} a contingency {plan to|intend to|want to} tackle the coronavirus crisis.

It affects countries {that are|which are|which can be} members of the Schengen border-free travel area and excludes the UK, the Republic of Ireland and returning US citizens.

Mr Trump also declared a national emergency, freeing {up to|as much as|around} $50bn (£40bn) in relief funds.

{There are|You will find|You can find} nearly 2,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the US, and 43 deaths.

Mr Trump’s administration has faced criticism {for its|because of its|for the} failure {to provide|to supply|to offer} Americans with widespread coronavirus testing.

In other developments on Saturday:

In New Zealand, PM Jacinda Ardern said anyone entering {the country|the nation|the united states} from midnight on Sunday must self-isolate for 14 days; {people from|folks from|individuals from} small South Pacific islands {would be|could be|will be} exempt
In Australia, {the number of|the amount of|how many} confirmed cases rose to 200, with three deaths
In China, health authorities said {there were|there have been} 13 deaths and 11 new cases
South Korea reported more recoveries (204) than new infections – {the second|the 2nd|the next} day in {a row|a line}
Colombia said {it would|it’d} close its border with Venezuela at 05:00 (10:00 GMT) and bar any visitors {who had|who’d} recently {been in|experienced|held it’s place in} Europe or Asia
In the UK, mass gatherings {could be|might be|could possibly be} banned as early as next weekend, government sources said
Separately, Washington on Friday summoned the Chinese ambassador to protest against comments {by a|with a|by way of a} Chinese diplomat that the US military {might have|may have|could have} brought the virus to China.

The coronavirus originated in China’s Hubei province late last year.

{But the|However the|Nevertheless the} daily rates of new infections {have been|have now been|have already been} slowing in China, making Europe {the new|the brand new|the newest} “epicentre” of the pandemic.

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