The President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday that the government is considering domestic travel restrictions between the corona-virus epidemic and added Europe travel sanctions to the United Kingdom and Ireland, which came into effect Friday night.They did not offer specifics on domestic flight restrictions but Trump said earlier this week that they would be considered if “an area gets a little bit out of control” in terms of corona-virus cases.Pence said at a White House news conference Saturday that’s a “broad range of measures” are under consideration.”But no decisions have been made yet,” he said. Asked if peoples should be traveling, Donald Trump recommended against it.”If you don’t have to travel I wouldn’t do it,” he said. “We want this thing to end. We don’t want a lot of people getting infected.”
The CDC said it doesn’t generally issue advisories or restrictions for travels within the United States but is doing so because cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many states and some areas are experiencing community spread.
New United Kingdom and Ireland Restrictions Travel
The United Kingdom and Ireland were excluded from the Europe travel ban announced earlier this week but have been added due to a spike in cases there.
The broadened ban means residents of the United Kingdomand Ireland will not be allowed to travel to the United States for 30 days beginning late Monday.
United States residents won’t be banned from flying to the United States but they will face airport screenings upon their return and will be asked to self quarantine for 14 days.
Officials said United States. citizens in the United Kingdom. or Ireland do not need to rush home ahead of the deadline because the ban does not apply to them.
“They will be allowed into the United States.,” Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security said.
In response to the broadened ban and the resulting falloff in travel demand, airlines are likely to sharply cut flights between the United Statesand London and Ireland. Delta and American Airlines, for example, suspended all flights between the United States and the 26 European countries covered by the initial ban.
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“You need not be concerned if you’re an hourly wage earner in America,” Pence said. “You need not be concerned about staying home. If you’re sick, stay home. You’re not going to miss a paycheck because of this legislation that’s moving through the Congress.”
The president also said he had his temperature taken prior to the briefing, and that he had been tested for Covid-19, the respiratory disease that the coronavirus causes.
The White House said it would begin temperature checks for all individuals scheduled to come into contact with Donald Trump or Pence. Trump said results would likely come within one to two days. Pence said he and Second Lady Karen Pence would be willing to be tested as well.
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Donald Trump also justified repeatedly shaking the hands of private-sector executives during a Rose Garden press conference Friday, despite Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance discouraging handshakes.
Deborah Birx, the physician and longtime diplomat who the Donald Trump administration brought on to coordinate its coronavirus response, issued a special warning to Americans who have lived with HIV/AIDS for decades and may still “carry a degree of immunocompromise.”
“Please take care of yourself,” she said. “Please ensure that you’re doing everything possible to ensure you don’t get exposed.”
While members of the task force, including Adams, Pence, and Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease researcher, emphasized social distancing and travel restrictions as valuable tools for combating the pandemic, Donald Trump doled out plaudits — some self-directed — for his administration’s response.
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Earlier-announced travel restrictions for much of Europe—which is now the pandemic epicenter—went into effect today. The newly announced measures for the United Kingdom and Ireland begin on Mar 16 and do not apply to United States citizens and permanent residents, though they will be directed to 1 of 13 airports with enhanced screening procedures.
At the briefing today, Donald Trump said that, based on questions yesterday, he was tested for COVID-19 last night, with results due in a day or two. Late yesterday, Donald Trump’s doctor released a memo saying the president didn’t need to be tested, because his interactions with two known cases, both linked to events at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort last weekend, were considered low risk.
Yesterday, Donald Trump announced a national emergency to free up new powers to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, and today new details emerged about the Google-based system to streamline symptom assessment and testing. Verily, a healthcare software company, said it is spearheading the development of the web tool with help from Google employees, Reuters reported. A company spokeswoman said the tool is in the early development stages and will pilot in the San Francisco area, with hopes that the effort will be gradually expanded.