Biden Bans Travel From India as Coronavirus Cases Surge (Narayan Maharjan/NurPhoto via AP)
Josh Wingrove Friday, 30 April 2021 02:53 PM
President Joe Biden banned most travel to the U.S. from India beginning Tuesday as the Asian country struggles to combat the worst surge of coronavirus cases in the world, the White House said.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the travel ban, which won’t apply to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
“The policy will be implemented in light of extraordinarily high Covid-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in the India,” her statement said.
India recorded 387,000 new infections on Thursday, a record high, and nearly 3,500 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.