Coronavirus: US travel ban extends to UK, Ireland; Trump eyes US limits

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US President Donald Trump announced that the United States will broaden its European travel ban, adding Britain and Ireland to its list, and was considering imposing restrictions on travel within the US to areas hit hard by the coronavirus spread.
Under the restrictions on European travel, American citizens, green card holders and others are still allowed to return home to the US, but will be funnelled to 13 airports and be subjected to health screenings and quarantine orders.
“If you don’t have to travel, I wouldn’t do it,” Trump said on Saturday.
Donald Trump is being tested for coronavirus.
US President Donald Trump announced its travel ban is being extended to the UK and Ireland said he is being tested for coronavirus. (AP)
After days of reluctance, he also said he had taken the coronavirus test following several interactions with people who are infected. The White House began testing the temperatures of everyone who’s been close to Trump; he said his own temperature was normal and he was feeling fine.
Early Saturday the House of Representatives approved legislation to provide direct relief to Americans suffering physically, financially and emotionally from the coronavirus pandemic. The Senate still must vote on the package. Trump has thrown his support behind it.
On Friday, Trump declared a national emergency, unleashing as much as $50 billion for state and local governments to respond to the crisis.
The new travel restrictions come as Britain has seen its death toll from the virus nearly double from the day before to 21, and the number of people infected rise to over 1,100 from about 800 the previous day. Ireland had 90 confirmed cases and one death by Friday.
How coronavirus cases have spread around the world since January.
How coronavirus cases have spread around the world since January. (Graphic: Tara Blancato)

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The Irish government hasn’t released any updated figures since.
The US said earlier in the week a 30-day ban on flights covered only the 26-nation Schengen area, the European Union’s border-free travel zone, which excludes Britain and Ireland.
Vice President Mike Pence said the restrictions on Britain and Ireland would go into effect midnight on Monday night.