The Biden administration has upgraded its travel guide to India to a direct ban as the COVID-19 crisis in the country continues to spiral out of control – something that President Biden once said “would not stop” coronavirus.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced the ban Friday afternoon, saying the decision was taken on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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“The administration will restrict travel from India immediately,” Psaki told reporters. “The policy will be implemented in the light of extraordinarily high COVID-1
The policy takes effect on Tuesday, May 4th.
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President Biden has previously been critical of travel bans implemented by then-President Donald Trump as a tool to combat the spread of COVID-19, saying they “will not stop” the disease.
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“Banning all travel from Europe – or other parts of the world – will not stop it,” Biden tweeted in March 2020 right at the start of the pandemic.
“A wall does not stop coronavirus,” he wrote. “Banning all travel from Europe – or other parts of the world – will not stop it. This disease can affect any nation and any person on the planet – and we need a plan to fight it.”