The White House has banned India from entering the United States due to the widespread transmission of the novel coronavirus. The ban will take effect next Tuesday, US local time said on Friday. The Associated Press (AP) reported.
President Joe Biden made the decision in consultation with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because of the widespread coronavirus infection and new variants, White House Press Secretary Jane Sackie said.
Biden has signed a directive. It says foreign visitors who have been in India for the past 14 days will not be able to enter the United States. However, the ban does not apply to legal permanent residency holders and spouses or close family members of U.S. citizens.
Biden said in the directive, citing public health and expert scientists, the CDC said there was ample concern about the new (Indian) type of coronavirus. It can cause rapid infections and can also be effective against a few ticks in the corona.
Biden said the CDC had advised people from India to take “extra precautions” to protect public health.