A ban on foreign travelers arriving in the US from Brazil will now go into effect late Tuesday, two days earlier than previously announced.
The ban had been set to take effect late on Thursday Due to the surge in coronavirus cases in Brazil. But the US White House announced the change on Monday, issuing no explanation.
Brazil, Latin-America’s largest country, is second to the US in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University. It has seen cases surge in recent days.
The Trump administration cited Brazil’s status as Latin America’s hardest-hit country on Sunday when it announced the ban, saying it would prevent additional infections in the US.
Foreign nationals who have been to Brazil in the two weeks before they attempt to enter the US are to be turned back under the ban. The ban does not apply to US citizens or legal permanent residents, and their spouses, parents or children.