The United States will suspend all travel from Europe, excluding the UK, to the US for the next 30 days, effective Friday at midnight, President Donald Trump announced on Thursday in his address to the nation about the country's strategies to combat the coronavirus.
"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. The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight," Trump said.
We will be suspending all travel from Europe, except the United Kingdom, for the next 30 days. The policy goes into effect Friday at midnight. pic.twitter.com/Yeq1gVCIln— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 12, 2020
He added that Europe saw more cases of infections because governments failed to stop travel from China, where the coronavirus epidemic began.
Homeland Security Department said in a statement the travel restrictions Trump announced bans most foreign nationals who have traveled to Schengen Area countries in Europe during the previous 14 days from entering the US. However, they do not apply to legal permanent residents of the US, nor do they generally apply to immediate family members of American citizens.
Watch Trump's full speech below:
Trump urged the Congress to pass tax relief measures: "I am calling on Congress to provide Americans with immediate payroll tax relief. Hopefully they will consider this very strongly."
Meanwhile, he said he will instruct the US Treasury to defer tax payments "for certain individuals and businesses negatively impacted" by the epidemic, a move he said would inject more than $200 billion of liquidity to the US economy.
- With wires.