05/24/2020 - 18:25
The United States announced that it has banned travel from Brazil, one of the countries currently hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, as an important adviser to President Donald Trump had announced this Sunday. "I think that today we will have a new decision regarding Brazil as we did with the United Kingdom, Europe and China, and we hope it will be temporary, " said Robert O'Brien, United States national security adviser, on the "Face" program. the Nation "from CBS. "Due to the situation in Brazil, we are going to take all the necessary steps to protect the American people ," he added.
The United States had previously cut off travel from China, Europe, and Britain as the virus increased in those areas.
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Latin America has become the last epicenter of COVID-19, and Brazil is the second most affected country in the world, second only to the United States in number of cases.
"We are considering it, although we hope we do not have a problem," Trump said last Tuesday in response to a question about whether to enforce a veto on travelers arriving from the south of the continent, during a meeting with his cabinet at the White House.
The president explained that "most" of the travelers from Brazil and Latin America "arrive in Florida" and affirmed: "I do not want people to come (infected) and infect our people."
"Brazil has gone by the way of (the immunity of) the group, they already know what it is, the group, and they are having problems, there is no doubt about that," Trump stressed.
The White House has already vetoed access to the country for travelers from China and most of Europe to contain the expansion of the coronavirus, something that has not prevented infections in the United States. they exceed one and a half million, and that the dead now exceed 100,000, positioning itself as the country with the most cases.
"For me, having so many cases is a medal of honor," Trump said at the same event, saying that this shows the ability of the United States to test for coronavirus.
Trump already put the idea of banning travel from Brazil on the table during a press conference on March 31, but since then the cases in the Latin American country have multiplied by more than 40.
Source: AFP and Clarín