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Trump restricts travel from Europe to US

Published : 13 Mar 2020 03:18 PM | Updated : 03 Sep 2020 10:39 AM

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday imposed sweeping restrictions to prevent people from 26 European countries from traveling to the United States for a month as he responded to mounting pressure to take action against the spread of the coronavirus, report agencies.

The president took the dramatic step in a somber Oval Office speech as he battled to address the health and economic shocks to Americans from the sometimes fatal virus and responded to criticism he has not taken the threat seriously enough.

The travel order does not apply to the United Kingdom and Ireland, and does not apply to American citizens.= Trump also announced several economic steps aimed at cushioning the blow to American businesses struggling with a sudden loss of consumer demand. “This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history,” he said.