US to renew travel restrictions on EU, Britain, Brazil

Vaccines may work less well on variants UK’s Hancock warns

President Biden will reimpose a ban on many non-U.S. citizens attempting to enter the country.

President Joe Biden is set to reinstate Covid-19 travel restrictions on non-US travellers from Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open borders. In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures regarding global travel to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The restrictions were set to be lifted on Tuesday.

The UK's heath minister warned that coronavirus vaccines may be less effective against new variants of the disease, such as those found in South Africa and Brazil, and that stricter border controls are therefore justified. The CDC and the White House did not provide The Hill with an immediate comment about the measures.

Masks can only be removed for brief periods, such as when eating or drinking.

The CDC order says travellers should self-quarantine for seven days upon return to the United States and consider getting a new Covid-19 test within three to five days of returning to the United States.

Numerous countries reportedly affected by Trump's order have their own recent requirements for American travelers seeking to enter their borders. Airlines had asked the agency to relax the rule for some countries with limited testing capacity.

As Biden started his term last Wednesday, he was immediately presented with the country's struggles when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 25 million on Sunday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

It came as a further 1,401 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Friday, while another 40,261 confirmed cases were reported.

"The new variant I really worry about is the one that's out there but hasn't been spotted", he said, adding that the offering its genome-sequencing capability to other countries to help them identify new strains. Schuchat said that these bans would be reinstated, along with restrictions on travel from 26 European countries.