US to restrict travel from India over COVID-19

US to restrict travel from India over COVID-19
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In the wake of rising coronavirus cases in India, the US will restrict travel from the country starting next week.

“On the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the administration will restrict travel from India,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

Citing extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in India, the decision was taken.

US President Joe Biden had issued a similar ban on most non-U.S. citizens entering the country earlier.

The US had also put an entry ban on nearly all non-U.S. travelers who had been in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland and 26 countries in Europe that allow travel across open borders.

So far total deaths have surpassed 2,00,000. Cases are nearing 19 million, nearly 8 million since February alone.

Other countries have also imposed similar travel restrictions on India. These include the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Singapore among others.

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