Taking dramatic action Wednesday, US President Donald Trump announced he is sharply restricting passenger travel from 26 European nations to the US and moving to ease the economic cost of a viral pandemic that is roiling global financial markets and disrupting the daily lives of Americans.
Trump made the announcement during a rare Oval Office address to the nation that he is suspending all travel from Europe to the US for 30 days beginning at 11:59 p.m. Friday.
After days of playing down the threat, he blamed Europe for not acting quickly enough to address the novel coronavirus and claimed that US clusters were “seeded” by European travelers.
Trump said the restrictions won’t apply to the United Kingdom, and there would be exemptions for “Americans who have undergone appropriate screenings.” It also wouldn’t apply to cargo.
He said the US would monitor the situation to determine if travel could be reopened earlier.