The Biden administration will ban travel from India from Tuesday amid an increase in coronavirus cases in the country.
White House Press Secretary Jane Psaki said: “On the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the administration will restrict travel from India immediately.”
She added, “The policy will be implemented in light of the unusually high number of Corona cases and the multiple variables prevalent in India”
The policy will come into effect on Tuesday, May 4.
The move comes on top of already in place international travel restrictions that require people to have a negative test result before coming to the United States. This step is not expected to apply to citizens of the United States.
The outbreak of the Coronavirus in India has worsened dramatically over the past weeks, the number of new cases in the country has risen to more than 400,000 cases in one day, according to figures from Our World in the data.
Aid from the United States began arriving in the South Asian country on Thursday, including supplies of oxygen and raw materials for making 20 million doses of the vaccine.
The Biden administration also said it will also send vaccine doses into the country, but the movement will not be immediate because the final doses need to pass the FDA safety checks first.
Psaki said earlier this week that the administration was studying how best to help get vaccines to the rest of the world