President Donald Trump has announced “strong but necessary” restrictions on new travels to the US by citizens of twenty-six European countries.
The sweeping new travel restrictions, Mr. Trump declared on Wednesday evening, was aimed at combating the spread of the coronavirus.
He said the new rules were meant “to keep new cases from entering our shores”, adding that they would take effect on Friday at midnight.
But he also explained that the new measures would not apply to the UK, which has 460 cases of the virus.
A presidential proclamation issued later clarified that only travellers from the countries in the Schengen border-free travel area were barred.
This means a number of other European countries including Ireland will not be affected.
The new travel order does not apply to US citizens.
There are 1,135 confirmed cases of the virus across the US, with thirty-eight deaths so far.