US expands travel restrictions to include UK, Ireland

WASHINGTON, US Vice President Mike Pence announced Saturday that the US will be suspending “all travel” from the UK and Ireland effective midnight on Monday amid the coronavirus outbreak.

At the White House coronavirus task force briefing, Pence said “again, Americans in the UK or Ireland can come home” and that “legal residents can come home”.

“We are considering a wide range of measure, but no decision have been yet,” he remarked.

Pence reiterated “this President is going to continue to take every step necessary to protect the American people and put the health of the American people first.

For his part, President Donald Trump told reporters that he took the coronavirus test on Friday and “they sent it to a lab”.

Trump also stressed “if you don’t have to travel, I wouldn’t do it. We want this thing to end. We don’t want a lot of people getting infected”.

Meanwhile, White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said in a statement “out of an abundance of caution, temperature checks are now being performed on any individuals who are in close contact with the President and Vice President”.

On the other hand, Puerto Rico’s Governor Wanda Vazquez announced that the public schools in Puerto Rico will close for two weeks and that “no cruise ships or the ferry from the Dominican Republic would be allowed to dock,” after the first coronavirus cases were confirmed.

Source: Kuwait News Agency