The United States stated Monday it might preserve restrictions on worldwide journey into the nation, sidestepping European stress, as instances rise of the Covid-19 Delta variant.
“We will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki informed reporters.
“The more transmissible Delta variant is spreading both here and abroad,” she stated.
She stated the development of rising instances appeared prone to proceed “in the weeks ahead,” though she repeated that it largely affected unvaccinated folks.
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The United States has restricted journey from the European Union, Britain, China and Iran for greater than a 12 months as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, later including different nations together with Brazil and India.
The European Union in June opened as much as vacationers from the United States, usually requiring proof of vaccination or adverse checks, below stress from tourism-dependent nations reminiscent of Greece, Spain and Italy that feared one other troubled 12 months.
EU leaders have requested the United States to indicate reciprocity and President Joe Biden on July 15 stated he would have a solution on the problem “within the next several days” after appeals by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.