The White House on Monday brought forward by two days restrictions on travel to the United States from Brazil as the number of deaths from the new coronavirus in the South American nation surpassed the U.S. daily toll.
A White House statement amended the timing of the start of the restrictions to 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 26 instead of May 28 as on Sunday.
A couple of days ago, Brazil overtook Russia as the world’s No. 2 coronavirus hotspot after the United States. Washington’s ban applies to foreigners traveling to the United States if they had been in Brazil in the last two weeks.
Brazil has 374,898 cases, behind the U.S. with 1.637 million. Total deaths in the U.S. have reached 97,988, according to Reuters tally, compared with Brazil at 23,473.
However, The White House did not give a reason for bringing the travel restriction forward.
The White House stated the travel ban on Brazil would help ensure foreign nationals do not bring additional infections to the United States, but would not apply to the flow of commerce.