As the deadly coronavirus continues to spread, the United States government has decided to suspend all travel from Europe to the United States for the next month. The ban would also affect the business sector. President Trump said, “strong but necessary” restrictions would not apply to the UK where 460 cases of the illness have been confirmed. Addressing the nation, Mr Trump said, “Europe saw more cases because governments failed to stop travel from China, where the COVID-19 epidemic began.”
His declaration comes after the World Health Organization on Wednesday called the coronavirus outbreak a “pandemic” that has spread over 100 countries killing more than 4000 people across the globe. The WHO further issued a warning saying the global spread and severity of the illness was due to “alarming levels of inaction”.
Europe has witnessed a rising number of cases which led the governments to take effective measures to slow the rapid spread of the virus. Before his official address, Mr Trump made several tweets saying “US is making a policy to prevent, detect, treat and create a vaccine against coronavirus to save lives in America and the world.”
“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.
On Wednesday, Washington declared a state of emergency over coronavirus. The number of coronavirus cases all over the world has risen more than 1,24,000 with 4,500 deaths. Italy has confirmed more than 12,000 cases and a death toll of 827. Denmark has 514 confirmed cases and the government order to close all schools and universities from Friday.