President Trump announced on Wednesday, March 11th that the United States will ban travel to and from Europe.
The travel ban will begin at midnight, Eastern Standard Time (EST), on Friday, March 13th and will be in effect for 30 days. The ban will have exemptions for American citizens, but they will have underground, appropriate screenings in order to be allowed back into the United States.
The ban applies to the following countries in Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Trump said in his speech, “The European Union failed to take the same precautions and restrict travel from China and other hotspots. As a result, a large number of new clusters in the United States were seeded by travellers from Europe.”
These drastic measures of travel ban are due to Europe not taking careful enough precautions, according to President Trump.
Although the travel ban does not currently apply to the United Kingdom, the new ban could still be applied. The UK has faced a drastic increase in coronavirus suffers, at one point seeing the number of infected jump from 40 to 164 in 24 hours; the largest increase that has been prevalent in a single day. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will be making an announcement today, March 12, regarding the next steps the UK will take against the virus.
Study abroad programs in Europe from the United States are being sent home due to the spread of the virus. Universities from the US that have cancelled programs include Elon University, Florida International, New York University and Syracuse University. The majority of programs that are not yet cancelled completely are taking classes remotely and are being advised to not travel. Many universities in the United States are giving their students an “extended spring break” and having students begin online classes as well saying they cannot return to campus.
Airlines and travel companies will face a drastic loss in commission due to Trump’s recent ban, but Vice President, Mike Pence, has defended Trump’s decision thus far. After Trump’s speech, many people cancelled their flights to Europe last minute that were leaving from San Francisco Airport’s international airport.
The coronavirus has been announced as a global pandemic and Trump’s speech is only the start of many other drastic precautions that will be taken in order to attempt to combat the virus.