The United States will restrict travel from India in early May 4devastates the world’s second largest country.
The White House announced the new policy on Friday afternoon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already declared India a “very high risk” and advised Americans to avoid any travel to India.
“On the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the administration will restrict travel from India, starting immediately,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. “The policy will be implemented in light of the extremely high workloads of COVID-1
According to a presidential proclamation, the restriction applies to “non-immigrants” and “non-citizens” who were in India during the 14-day period before attempting to enter the United States. The restrictions do not apply to U.S. citizens who are permanent residents, among other exceptions.
The first shipment to the United States fromarrived in India on Friday as the country reports more than 300,000 new cases each day for the past week. The Indian health system has received more than 400 oxygen cylinders, nearly a million test kits and other supplies.
Vice President Kamala Harris addressed the new restrictions on Friday.
“So, on the issue of India, we have announced that there will be a travel restriction starting on Tuesday, on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control,” she said. “Our COVID-19 experts, medical experts, our national security advisers. It is important to note, as I said earlier, that we have a responsibility, in particular the United States, to the people we have partnered with over the years. “
India reports that more than 200,000 people have died from COVID-19 there, but the actual figure is estimated to be higher. The United States has not yet agreed to release doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine or any other vaccine in India, although President Biden said earlier this week that he had discussed the issue with the Indian prime minister.