EU countries may bar US travellersEuropost
Eager to revive their economies and re-open borders, European countries are prepared to bar Americans from entering because the US has failed to control the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Times reported from Brussels on Tuesday, citing draft lists of acceptable travellers. The US, which has the most coronavirus cases in the world and is experiencing a surge in new infections, would be in the same category as other Covid-19 hot spots such as Brazil and Russia, according to the Times.
A ban on US travellers would be a blow to US President Donald Trump, who has blamed more testing for the rise in cases. The pandemic has killed so far more than 120,000 people in the US. Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease official, said on Tuesday he was seeing a disturbing surge in several states and pointed to community spread as one reason infections were rising.
In March, when cases were rising in Europe, Trump banned most EU citizens from entering the US in a bid to curb the outbreak, angering EU officials. Once the epicentre of the global outbreak, Europe has brought its infections under control. It has been lifting restrictions and plans to welcome international visitors again in July.
Earlier this month, Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson said the list of countries with allowed visitors would be based on three criteria: countries should have Covid-19 under at least as much control as the EU average, have containment measures during travel and also be willing to let in EU visitors.