The World Health Organization has declared the Coronavirus outbreak as a worldwide pandemic. The Trump-led Govt. of the US, as a preventive step, has banned the entry of 26 European countries. All these countries are the member states of the Schengen Zone of Europe.
The ban has officially come into effect from midnight of 13th March 2020. The entry ban is only on travellers to the US.
Citizens of the UK, Ireland and other countries that are not a part of the Schengen Zone would not be affected. US citizens travelling from the European Schengen Zone to the US would also remain unaffected.
President Donald Trump announced that along with the entry restrictions, travel and import from all 26 countries of the Schengen Zone would also be banned. However, White House officials rectified the error within a few minutes stating that only travellers would be affected by the ban and not goods. The travel ban is expected to last 30 days.
Trump’s decision to ban entry has not gone down well with EU leaders. Leaders and diplomats of the EU have accused Trump of not consulting them before taking such a big decision. In response, Trump said that the US had to act quickly and accused the EU of not taking adequate measures to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
Several experts believe that Trump’s ban on European countries is pointless. Francois Balloux, Epidemiologist at University College of London, says that the European ban is utterly useless from a public health perspective. Bringing in one or two extra people after you have lost the ability to do any contact tracing would make no difference.
Jennifer Nuzzo, Epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University, says that the ban could be dangerous at this time. More than 40 states in the US have reported positive Coronavirus cases. The US should be more concerned in lessening the impact of the novel Coronavirus within its own borders.
The US has reported 1,832 positive cases of the Coronavirus so far. 135 lives have been claimed by the deadly outbreak. Only 31 people have completely recovered from the Coronavirus in the US, while 10 are still critical.
There have been more than 138,193 confirmed cases of Coronavirus all over the world. 5,080 people have lost their lives. The good news is that almost 70,716 people have completely recovered.
China is the worst-affected country in the world with 80,815 positive cases of the Coronavirus. Italy follows on the second spot with 15,113 cases and Iran on third with 11,364 cases. South Korea has also been severely affected by 7,979 cases. Spain, Germany and France are also among the worst-hit with 3,921, 3,116 and 2,876 cases respectively.
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