The United States government announced on Monday that it has advanced the travel ban from Brazil by two days. The measure, which would originally take effect at 11:59 PM on Thursday, May 28, now it will do it on Tuesday the 26th now, as indicated by the White House in a statement.
The document clarifies that Those who are on a flight that had left for the territory before that time will not be affected..
The decision, signed by President Donald Trump, modifies the effective date of the "Suspension of entry as immigrants and non-immigrants of certain additional people who pose a risk of transmitting the new coronavirus 2019”, Which had been released this Sunday, as well as other general provisions.
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement Sunday that the move affects foreigners who have been in Brazil 14 days before requesting their entry into US territory. And it will be in force until the President rescinds it. That is, for an undetermined time.
However, the authorities clarified that "these new restrictions do not apply to the flow of trade between the United States and Brazil." The ban also does not affect U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents in the country., as well as other people who meet some of the exceptions provided by the Trump Government.
This is not the first measure of the style taken by Trump. In January, before the coronavirus began to spread rapidly throughout the United States, the President banned entry from China, the origin of the pandemic. And in early March, travel from Europe was banned after the outbreak on the Old Continent.
Brazil is already, along with the United States, the epicenter of the global pandemic. This Monday the health authorities reported 807 new deaths, bringing the total in the country to 23,473.
The number of new positive cases, meanwhile, was 11,687, which brought the number closer to 375,000. For days now that Brazil ranks second in the gloomy list of confirmed coronavirus cases globally only after the United States, which already registers more than 1.66 million, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The same is the case for the daily death rate. And considering that the curve in the South American country is in clear ascent, while that of the United States has been trending for weeks at a slow speed, may outnumber the United States when it comes to daily counts.
Neighboring countries have also expressed concern about the way in which Brazil has handled the pandemic. Among them, Uruguay stands out, a country with which Brazil shares the border city of Rivera.. In fact, President Luis Lacalle Pou confirmed that he spoke with his Brazilian counterpart, Jair Bolsonaro, to apply a "an existing bi-national health action treaty" in the city, where two people died by Covid-19 over the weekend.
"We have collected the approval of the Brazilian president to apply that treaty and in the next few hours we will put it into practice"He said, to limit that there is" reciprocal concern about what is happening on the border. "
Lacalle Pou's approach contrasts with Bolsonaro's, who has minimized the severity of the pandemic despite the exponential growth of the figures in the country.
A study cited by the newspaper O Day He estimates that there will be one million infected and 80,000 dead in the country as of June 21. "On the contrary, there is no concrete action by the federal government against this"The publication expressed in a tough cover against the president.
This position was illustrated again on Sunday, when Bolsonaro took to the streets to participate in a rally with his followers, without wearing a mask and breaking social distancing measures. The president arrived at the rally outside the presidential palace in Brasilia with a white face mask, but very soon he took it off to greet the crowd, shake hands, and hug his supporters. At one point he even carried a little boy on his shoulders.
Although Bolsonaro has a solid base that supports him - about 30% of voters, according to polls - he faces a large number of critics for his handling of the coronavirus crisis, and for an explosive investigation that seeks to clarify whether it obstructed justice by trying to protect his family from police inquiries.
Brazil reported 807 new deaths from coronavirus and the total amounts to 23,473
Donald Trump banned travel to the US from Brazil, the new epicenter of the coronavirus