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The White House has decided to maintain travel restrictions for coronavirus amid mounting cases caused by the delta variant, a White House official told CNN on Monday.
"Given where we are today with the delta variant, the United States will maintain existing travel restrictions at this time," the White House official said.
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The Biden administration has come under increasing pressure from the travel industry and US allies to lift pandemic-era restrictions that limit who can travel to the United States.
The official said the decision to maintain existing travel restrictions was prompted by the spread of the delta variant in the US and around the world and the recent growth in cases in the US that "will likely continue to increase in the US. next weeks".
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The official also pointed to the recent CDC warning against traveling to the UK, due to an increase in cases there.
"The administration understands the importance of international travel and is united in wanting to reopen international travel in a safe and sustainable manner," the White House official said.
"The reopening process is guided by science and public health."
Reuters first reported Monday morning that the United States plans to maintain travel restrictions.