US President-elect Joe Biden will not allow the relaxation of restrictions on entry into the United States, which the current head of state, Donald Trump, who is still in power, has decided to partially lift. This was announced by the official representative of the transition team of the Democrat Jen Psaki on Twitter.
вЂњBased on the advice of our healthcare professionals, [Biden's] administration has no intention of lifting these restrictions,вЂќ Psaki wrote. On the contrary, she said Biden's team plans to strengthen measures against coronavirus with regard to international travel.
Trump, the day before Biden's inauguration, which will take place on January 20, signed an executive order that will allow unrestricted entry into the United States from January 26 from the Schengen states, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Brazil. At the same time, Trump decided to maintain restrictions on entry from China and Iran, since these countries refused to cooperate in the field of health and did not timely share information about the spread of COVID-19.
Psaki responded by pointing out the wrong time for such action. вЂњWith the pandemic escalating and more infectious variants emerging around the world, now is not the time to lift restrictions on international travel,вЂќ she said.
Trump began imposing restrictions on entry to the United States from various states early last year when an outbreak of COVID-19 was recorded in the Chinese city of Wuhan. US citizens returning from banned countries must undergo a medical examination.
The United States holds first place in the world in the number of cases of COVID-19. According to Johns Hopkins University, their number has exceeded 24 million.