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Biden To Restrict Travel To U.S. From Covid-Stricken India Beginning May 4

Biden To Restrict Travel To U.S. From Covid-Stricken India Beginning May 4

 President Joe Biden will restrict travel to the U.S. from India by most non-U.S. citizens beginning Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Friday, as the world’s second most populous country struggles with the world’s worst Covid-19 outbreak.

In a statement, Psaki said Biden was acting on advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The restrictions “will be implemented in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in India,” Psaki said.

Biden’s order will ban entry into the U.S. by foreign nationals who have traveled to India within the last 14 days, a White House official told CNN.

U.S. citizens and lawful permanent citizens will not be affected by the restrictions. 

India reported more than 380,000 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, the most yet.  

This week, India’s death toll surpassed 200,000, but experts caution the actual number is likely much higher.

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