United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday addressed the nation in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.
The president in his address implemented travel restrictions on flights from Europe to the U.S. for the next 30 days, effective Friday, March 13.
The president says that there are some exceptions to these restrictions – President Trump says that the restrictions do not apply to the United Kingdom, or to U.S. travelers who undergo appropriate screenings.
The ban does cover 26 European countries in the Schengen area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland, Fox News reports.
President Trump says that thanks to sweeping travel restrictions, the country’s first federally-mandated quarantine in over 50 years, and several other factors, we have seen “dramatically fewer cases in the United States than are now present in Europe.”
At the very start of the outbreak, sweeping travel restrictions and early, intense action bought valuable time and spared lives. pic.twitter.com/pX1T2Sx78R
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 12, 2020
“We declared a public health emergency and issued the highest level of travel warning on other countries as the virus spread its horrible infection. In taking early, intense action, we have seen dramatically fewer cases in the United States than are now present in Europe,” the president continued.
Full Address on Wednesday by President Trump:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 12, 2020
“This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history,” Trump said in an address to the nation. “I am confident by counting and continuing to take these measures we will significantly reduce the threat to our citizens and we will ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus.”
The president also asked Congress for an additional $50 billion in funding for small business loans, and also says he will call on the IRS to delay the April 15 tax deadline for certain businesses and individuals.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a statement covering the details of the president’s European travel ban.