European Union May Ban American Travelers Upon Reopening Due to Rising Coronavirus Cases

"The next couple of weeks are going to be critical in our ability to address those surges we are seeing in Florida, Texas, Arizona, and other states," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top health expert, said Tuesday, addressing the House Energy and Commerce Committee, The New York Times reported.

"The virus is not going to disappear," he reportedly added.

Back in March, President Donald Trump put a ban on travel for many people from much of Europe in response to the coronavirus outbreak, which was experiencing a surge in cases at the time. For a time, Italy was the epicenter of the virus.

“To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days,” Trump said on March 11, noting that the new rule would go into effect on March 13.

Trump added that the restrictions would not apply to the United Kingdom, nor legal permanent residents and immediate family members of U.S. citizens. That was later amended. 

The next day, the E.U. criticized Trump’s decision, saying in part: “The European Union disapproves of the fact that the U.S. decision to impose a travel ban was taken unilaterally and without consultation. … the [Trump] administration did not consult with European allies before POTUS’ announcement. And on the U.K.’s being excluded — European officials express responses ranging from curiosity to horror.”

At the time, there were 1,015 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and 31 deaths.

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