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.