The Biden administration has upgraded its travel consultations to India to a complete ban as the country’s COVID-19 crisis continues to spiral out of control, something President Biden once said would not stop the coronavirus.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki announced the ban on Friday afternoon, saying the decision was made on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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“The administration will restrict travel from India, starting immediately,” Psaki told reporters. “The policy will be implemented in the light of the unusually high loads of COVID-1
The policy will take effect on Tuesday, May 4.
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President Biden has previously criticized travel bans imposed by then-President Donald Trump as a tool to combat the spread of COVID-19, saying they would “not stop” the disease.
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“The ban on all travel from Europe – or from any other part of the world – will not stop it,” Biden tweeted in March 2020 at the very beginning of the pandemic.
“The wall will not stop the coronavirus,” he wrote. “The ban on all travel from Europe – or from any other part of the world – will not stop it. This disease can affect every nation and every person on the planet – and we need a plan to fight it.”