Trump places travel restrictions on Brazil

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The Trump administration on Sunday announced that it was restricting entry for travelers from Brazil, which ranks only behind the United States in the number of coronavirus cases, according to a Johns Hopkins University database.

In a White House proclamation, President Donald Trump said he was restricting nearly all non-U.S. citizens from coming to the U.S. if they were physically present in Brazil during the 14-day period prior to travel. Green card holders, close relatives of U.S. citizens and flight crew members are exempt.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland Security have determined that Brazil is “experiencing widespread, ongoing person-to-person transmission” of the virus, the proclamation read.

“The potential for undetected transmission of the virus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States from the Federative Republic of Brazil threatens the security of our transportation system and infrastructure and the national security,” Trump wrote.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Brazil had more than 347,000 cases and 22,000 deaths as of Sunday evening. The U.S. has surpassed 1.6 million cases and 97,000 deaths.

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