President Joe Biden announced Friday that the United States will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday. new coronavirus variant appeared.
Follow advice from the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauciand the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Biden administration will restrict travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.
On Friday night, Biden signed a formal proclamation restricting the travel of people “physically present” in the countries for a “14-day period prior to entering or attempting to enter the United States.” .”
The statement includes a list of those exempt from the new restrictions, including U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and noncitizens who are spouses of citizens or permanent residents.
It said it would remain in effect until terminated by the President and would not apply to any flights scheduled to the United States departing before 12:01 a.m. EST on Monday.
The decision to restrict travel comes as the federal government is still trying to learn more about the new variant, dubbed Omicron. They needed to see more sequences, but after discussing what they had seen so far, officials decided to stop traveling from other countries out of concern about what they didn’t know.
Mr. Biden was briefed on Friday about the novel coronavirus variant circulating in southern Africa, he said in the announcement.
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