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U.S. imposes new restrictions on travelers entering from Brazil

As the death toll from coronavirus in Brazil continues to rise— and with the country’s largest and worst-hit city, Sao Paulo, yet to hit its peak — the U.S. government announced new restrictions on travelers entering the States from South America’s largest country.

In a proclamation issued by President Trump on Sunday, the U.S. began banning any non-citizens from arriving into the country if they had been in Brazil over the past 14 days.

As the death toll from coronavirus in Brazil continues to rise— and with the country’s largest and worst-hit city, Sao Paulo, yet to hit its peak — the U.S. government announced new restrictions on travelers entering the States from South America’s largest country.

In a proclamation issued by President Trump on Sunday, the U.S. began banning any non-citizens from arriving into the country if they had been in Brazil over the past 14 days.

“Today’s action will help ensure foreign nationals who have been in Brazil do not become a source of additional infections in our country,” White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Sunday. She added that the restrictions should not impact trade between the two nations.

With 363,618 cases, Brazil has had the largest coronavirus outbreak of any country besides the U.S., as attempts to fight the virus have been hindered by President Jair Bolsonaro’s staunch oppositions to the lockdowns imposed by some state governments. The pandemic has hit Brazil’s indigenous communities particularly hard, as a lack of access to health care has led to a mortality rate twice as high as the rest of the country.

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