EU fury: US travellers may be BANNED from EU countries over pandemic crisis

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At the time of writing, the US has had nearly 2.4 million confirmed cases and 123,000 deaths. An EU diplomat told the New York Times that factors for consideration could include the epidemiological situation of that country, while another said they could include infection rate and testing capacity. A diplomat told Reuters: “There’s no list (of countries), just a list of criteria.”

The European Commission recommended the bloc gradually reopen borders from next month.

The criteria the Commission suggested was having the virus under as much control as the EU, having travel containment measures and allowing in EU visitors.

In March, Donald Trump banned most EU visitors from visiting the US.

Dr Robert Redfield, the director of the Centre for Disease Control, has told the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee: “We have all done the best that we can do to tackle this virus and the reality is that it’s brought this nation to its knees.

“We are probably going to spend $7tn (£5.6tn) because of one little virus.”

Dr Redfield suggested there had been underinvestment at local, state and federal level.

Trump told a recent rally that he had called for testing to be slowed down.

However, Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the same committee: “I know for sure that to my knowledge none of us have ever been told to slow down on testing.

“That just is a fact.

“In fact, we will be doing more testing.”

Parts of the US have begun to reopen in recent weeks.

Dr Fauci said the picture was a “mixed bag” throughout the country.


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He praised New York City for following guidelines to help curb infections.

However, he described the surge in other parts of the country as “disturbing”.

He explained: “The next couple of weeks are going to be critical to address those surges we’re seeing.”

Florida, Arizona and Texas were specifically mentioned.

The spike in Florida comes two months before Jacksonville hosts the Republican National Convention, with Senator Rick Scott telling CNN: “We clearly haven’t beat it.

“So I think everybody is concerned when they read about the cases, the number of cases up.

“We’re not out of the woods.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do. Every one of us. Everybody’s got to take this seriously.

Wear your mask. Social distance. You know, don’t go places you don’t have to go to. Be careful.”

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