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White House to Maintain Foreign Travel Restrictions

The decision comes amid pressure from airlines and lobbyists in the tourism industry to withdraw the blanket ban before the summer travel season ends. The decision was made in response to an increase in illnesses, the transmissibility of the Delta strain, and a recent travel warning to the United Kingdom. Cases continue to grow in the United States, particularly among the unvaccinated.

According to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, rising instances “look likely to continue in the weeks ahead,” hence the US “will maintain existing travel Restrictions at this time.” The United States imposed the first wave of Covid travel Restrictions on China in January 2020. Since then, the restriction has been extended to encompass non-US individuals who have recently visited the United Kingdom, the European Schengen group, Brazil, Ireland, India, Iran, and South Africa.

Despite this, the US has stated that it will close its borders with Canada and Mexico until at least August 21. It comes only days after the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that the highly contagious Delta strain is now responsible for 80% of all cases in the United States. The CDC’s Rochelle Walensky announced on Thursday that the weekly average for new infections had increased by 53% in the previous week. Since peaking in the spring, vaccination rates in the United States have slowed. Since peaking in the spring, vaccination rates in the United States have slowed.

Officials in the United States claim that nearly all new cases are among the unvaccinated, and have begun to refer to Covid as a “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” All New York City public personnel, including firefighters, police officers, and teachers, will be forced to be vaccinated beginning in mid-September. More than 50 prominent US healthcare organisations have published a joint statement pushing for vaccination requirements for healthcare workers.

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