White House keeps travel ban in place amid delta variant
Non-U.S. citizens are banned from entry as the country deals with delta variant outbreaks.
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The White House doubled-down on its stance against reopening travel as COVID-19 outbreaks worsen in some parts of the country.
This means that non-U.S. citizens will not be able to enter the country, including people form the Schengen bloc in Europe, Brazil, India, Iran, China, the U.K., and South Africa.
“Given where we are today … with the delta variant, we will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point for a few reasons," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at a press briefing Monday, per USA Today.
This is largely due to the spread of infections driven by the delta variant. National data reports a 170 percent increase in new infections, a 58 percent increase in hospitalizations, and 20 percent in fatalities.
Outbreaks are centralized in states like Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, and regions along the eastern portion of the Gulf Coast. These areas have lower vaccination rates than other parts of America.
"The more transmissible delta variant is spreading both here and around the world. Driven by the delta variant, cases are rising here at home, particularly among those who are unvaccinated and appear likely to continue in the weeks ahead,” Psaki elaborated.
The Times reported the FDA asked both Moderna and Pfizer to include 3,000 children in that age group.
Louisana and Florida are accelerating in delta variant cases.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs now requires Title 38 employees to be fully vaccinated by mid-September.
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