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Biden executive order reinstates Covid travel ban for South Africa & non-US citizens traveling from UK, Brazil & more


PRESIDENT Biden is set to impose a ban on a majority of non-US citizens entering the country who have recently been to South Africa.

The ban is set to start on Saturday in a bid to control the spread of the new Covid-19 variant according to US Public health officials. 

According to Reuters, nearly all none-US travelers who have been to Brazil, Ireland, the UK and 26 countries in Europe with open borders will also have an entry ban reimposed.

Then-President Donald Trump elected on January 18 that those restrictions on Brazil and Europe be lifted effective Tuesday but Biden’s administration are set to rescind that decision.

The South African variant is thought to be 50% more infectious, and has been detected in at least 20 countries thus far. 

The variant has not been found in the US yet, but at least 50 states have identified a variant that emerged from the UK but current vaccines appear to be effective against that strain.

The plans have not been made public yet, but Biden is taking an aggressive approach to combating the virus after Trump rejected mandates sought by US health agencies. 

Health officials have been concerned with current vaccines not being effective against different strains, such as the South African variant, which raised the prospect of re-infection. 

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) director head Rochelle Walnesky is also set to sign a separate order on Monday requiring masks on all airplanes, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis, and ride-share vehicles, officials said. 

On Tuesday, the new CDC rules are expected to take effect requiring all international travellers, aged two and over to present a negative Coronavirus test taken within three days of travel.

Or they must have proof of recovery from the virus in order to gain entry to the US. 

The CDC will not consider granting temporary exemptions for airlines to exempt travelers from countries with limited testing capacity. 

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