President Joe Biden’s spokesperson announced Wednesday that his administration would rescind an order made by former President Donald Trump before he left office to lift travel bans on Europe and Brazil that were ordered due to the coronavirus.
The restrictions were set to be lifted on January 26, but Jen Psaki said on social media Monday that they would remain in place.
“On the advice of our medical team, the Administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on 1/26,” Psaki tweeted. “In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”
She added, “With the pandemic worsening, and more contagious variants emerging around the world, this is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel.”
Trump said when ordering the bans to be lifted that requirements to produce a negative test before entering the U.S. would be enough to mitigate the spread of the virus, according to HHS Secretary Alex Azar.
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