US suspends all travel from Europe for 30 days amid coronavirus
Washington : Starting from Friday, the US President Donald Trump has suspended all kind of travel from Europe for the next 30 days in a bid to protect the rise in number of COVID 19 cases in the country. The ban would also be imposed on the trade.
He said "strong but necessary" restrictions would not apply to the UK where 460 cases of the illness have been confirmed. "Europe saw more cases because governments failed to stop travel from China, where the COVID-19 epidemic began," Trump said in his address to the nation.
The announcement came after the WHO termed coronavirus as "pandemic", issuing a grim warning that the global spread and severity of the illness was due to "alarming levels of inaction".
Europe has shown a significant rise in a number of coronavirus cases, leading to the spread of the virus in many other countries.
Hours before his official address, Mr Trump, in a series of tweets, said that "US is making a policy to prevent, detect, treat and create a vaccine against coronavirus to save lives in America and the world."
....Together we are putting into policy a plan to prevent, detect, treat and create a vaccine against CoronaVirus to save lives in America and the world. America will get it done!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2020
"America is the Greatest Country in the world. We have the best scientists, doctors, nurses and health care professionals. They are amazing people who do phenomenal things every day....," he wrote in another post.
"Together, we will PREVAIL!," one of his tweets read.
....We have the greatest healthcare system, experts, scientists and doctors anywhere in the world. Together, we will PREVAIL!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2020
He also gave advise to the media and said it is a time when everyone must unite to fight against coronavirus.
The Media should view this as a time of unity and strength. We have a common enemy, actually, an enemy of the World, the CoronaVirus. We must beat it as quickly and safely as possible. There is nothing more important to me than the life & safety of the United States!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2020
Washington on Wednesday declared a state of emergency over coronavirus. The mayor of Washington, Muriel Bowser, made the announcement as the US capital confirmed 10 cases of the infection.
The number of coronavirus cases across the globe has risen to more than 124,000 with 4,500 deaths, including a jump in fatalities particularly in Iran and Italy.