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Trump Suspends All U.S. Travel to UK & Ireland Amid Coronavirus Fears


According to a White House announcement made this afternoon, the United Kingdom and Ireland will join the rest of European ban on traveling to the United States, as Washington doubles-down in its efforts to try and halt the spread of the deadly COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

“The president has decided to suspend all travel from the UK and Ireland midnight, Monday night, Eastern Standard Time,” said Vice President Mike Pence at a White House press conference.

According to Pence, the new extended US travel quarantine is set to begin at midnight EST on Monday (04:00 GMT Tuesday).

American citizens and legal residents who have been to high-risk countries are permitted to return to the United States through one of the following 13 airports:

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York; Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois; San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California; Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington; Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii; Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia; Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia; Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New Jersey; Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Texas; Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), Michigan; Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts; and Miami International Airport (MIA), Florida.

Previously, President Trump had issued an exemption for the UK and Ireland from his 30-day ban on European travelers to and from the US, but as UK virus cases sharply increased this week, Washington was forced to reconsider its previous position.

Thus far, some 1,140 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the UK, up from 800 reported cases on Thursday, along with approximately 100 cases in Ireland so far. There have been a total of 21 deaths in the UK, and 1 one in the Republic of Ireland.

VP Pence added that all US citizens in those nations should “come home.”

Thus far, the US has recorded 2,488 infections, and some 51 deaths linked to the deadly strain.

President Trump also told the press that he has been tested himself, and that he expected to receive the results of the test within 48 hours.

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