Trump mulls Brazil travel ban as pandemic spread worsens

The president also hinted yesterday he is considering barring entry to flights coming from Brazil due to the spread of Covid-19 in Latin America’s hardest-hit country. It was the second time Trump has suggested he is considering such a measure.

“I don’t want people coming in here and infecting our people. I don’t want people over there sick either. We’re helping Brazil with ventilators. We’re sending them ventilators,” he remarked.

Hours later Brazil reported more than a thousand deaths from the disease for the first time in a 24-hour period. The health ministry’s announcement of 1,179 deaths on Tuesday boosted the nation’s death toll to 17,971. Brazil has 271,628 confirmed cases, the third most in the world after Russia and the US.

Brazil’s right-wing populist president Jair Bolsonaro, who like Trump has previously downplayed the disease and encouraged supporters to go back to work, has neither responded to Trump’s remarks nor commented on the record daily figure.

Also on Tuesday, the US government announced it was offering Brazil $3m (£2.4m) to mitigate the impact of Covid-19. The Trump administration has already pledged $950,000 (£775,000) to Brazil in efforts against the pandemic. The resources will be used in 79 emergency centers for treating the coronavirus, laboratories and in the healthcare system of 13 border cities.

Here’s Justin Vallejo on a further extension of inessential plane travel restrictions into the US and Canada.



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