Biden restricts travel from India amid surge

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday imposed new travel restrictions on India as the country grapples with a devastating wave of coronavirus infections.

A White House official told Reuters that starting Tuesday, the move will bar most non-U.S. citizens from entering the United States from India.

The official added that the CDC recommended the new measures "in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 case loads and multiple variants circulating in India.”

In January, Biden issued a similar ban on most non-U.S. citizens entering the country who have recently been in South Africa.

He also reimposed an entry ban on nearly all non-U.S. travelers who have been in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland and 26 countries in Europe that allow travel across open borders.

A list India now joins.

Other countries have imposed similar travel restrictions on India...

which has reported more than 300,000 new cases daily for nine days in a row, hitting another global record of 386,452 on Friday.

Total deaths have surpassed 200,000 and cases are nearing 19 million.

Medical experts say real numbers may be five to 10 times higher than the official tally.

A formal announcement from Biden is expected on Friday and the policy will take effect on Tuesday, May 4.

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- US President Joe Biden on Friday imposed new travel restrictions on India, as the country grapples with a devastating wave of coronavirus infections. A White House official told Reuters that starting Tuesday, the move will bar most non-US citizens from entering the United States from India. The official added that the CDC recommended the new measures in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in India.

In January, Biden issued a similar ban on most non-US citizens entering the country who had recently been in South Africa. He also reimposed an entry ban on nearly all non-US travelers who had been in Brazil, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and 26 countries in Europe that allow travel across open borders, a list India now joins.

Other countries have imposed similar travel restrictions on India, which has reported more than 300,000 new cases daily for nine days in a row, hitting another global record of 386,452 on Friday. Total deaths have surpassed 200,000. And cases are nearing 19 million. Medical experts say real numbers may be five to 10 times higher than the official tally.