Biden retains COVID-19 journey constraints for Europe and Brazil, adds South Africa

President Biden on Monday signed a directive keeping COVID-19 journey limitations on most of Europe and Brazil, after former President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment demo will be speedy, isn’t going to need to have a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as performing surgeon common: report Schumer phone calls for Biden to declare local climate crisis Extra moved to roll them back just times prior to he left business office.

The Biden administration is also extending constraints to South Africa, where a new coronavirus variant has emerged.

“On guidance of our administration’s medical and COVID team, President Biden has made the decision to sustain limits beforehand in put for the European Schengen Place, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Brazil,” White Residence push secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOn The Revenue: Senate confirms Yellen as initial female Treasury secretary | Biden claims he’s open to tighter cash flow boundaries for stimulus checks | Administration will seem to expedite getting Tubman on monthly bill Biden press secretary playfully accepts guidance from ‘Scandal’ counterpart Right away Health Treatment: Biden says any one who needs vaccine may be able to get it by spring | Moderna states vaccine effective on variants, but exams booster shot | California lifts regional stay-at-house buy Much more instructed reporters Monday.

“With the pandemic worsening and additional contagious variants spreading, this is not the time to be lifting constraints on intercontinental travel,” she included.

The Schengen area covers 26 nations around the world in Europe.

The transfer by Biden was predicted and will come a working day prior to the constraints were scheduled to terminate below an executive get issued by Trump two days just before Biden’s inauguration.

Trump attributed his determination to new regulations from the Facilities for Disease Handle and Prevention (CDC) requiring passengers touring by air to the U.S. to receive a destructive COVID-19 exam inside three days in advance of their flight departs. All those principles will consider impact Tuesday.

Psaki, who was a spokesperson for the transition when Trump issued his executive buy, said at the time that the new administration would maintain the travel constraints in area for those nations around the world.

A proclamation later issued by the White Home say that noncitizens will be barred from entering the U.S. if they ended up present in the 26 countries that make up the Schengen Place, the U.K., Eire, Brazil or South Africa in just 14 days ahead of their attempted entry. The proclamation grants a amount of exceptions, which include to family members associates of U.S. citizens, those touring with nonimmigrant visas and people invited by the federal federal government to assistance mitigate the virus.

The limits will remain in place until eventually terminated by the president.

Psaki reiterated Monday the new CDC screening necessities for international tourists Monday through a White Residence push briefing. She also mentioned the administration would commence regular health briefings Wednesday.

In addition to most of Europe, Brazil and now South Africa, the U.S. also restricts journey from Iran and China.

Coronavirus situations and fatalities go on to climb at an alarming price in the U.S., with additional than 3,400 people dying from the virus Sunday. The Biden administration took above the federal response to the virus, in addition to the vaccine distribution, on Wednesday.

—Updated at 6:07 p.m.