Trump Issues Travel Ban On Foreign Nationals Who Have Been To China, Quarantine Period For US Citizens

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The Trump administration just announced they will deny entry to any foreign national who has traveled to China within the last 14 days.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced the move today after recommending American citizens not travel to China yesterday.

Azar said we are “temporarily suspending the entry into the United States of foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the 2019 novel coronavirus.”

From Yahoo:

“The risk of infection for Americans remains low,” said Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services and chairman of the coronvirus tax force set up by Trump. “We are working to keep the risk low.”

U.S. citizens from parts of China will undergo entry health screenings and will be monitored during a 14-day self-quarantine, officials said. Azar also announced a suspension of entry into the United States of foreign nationals who pose a risk for the transmission of the virus.

Three U.S. airlines – Delta, American and United – have announced they will temporarily cancel all of their flights to mainland China out of concern for the coronavirus outbreak.

As of Friday, the outbreak had infected nearly 10,000 people, most of them in China, and killed more than 200 people, all in China.

The White House made its announcement a day after the U.S. State Department recommended that Americans not travel to China.

From CNN:

The United States, Azar said, is “temporarily suspending the entry into the United States of foreign nationals who pose a risk of transmitting the 2019 novel coronavirus.”

Azar noted that any US citizen who has been in the Hubei Province in the last 14 days will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine upon return to the United States. US citizens returning from the rest of mainland China who have been there in the last 14 days will undergo screening at US ports of entry and up to 14 days of self-monitoring.

 The ban will be in effect beginning at 5 p.m. ET Sunday.