The White House banned this Tuesday
Thanks to an increased number of vaccinations and a nationwide decrease in new daily cases of COVID, public health measures in place since the start of the pandemic are starting to be removed. This includes new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from April 27 that fully vaccinated people can now be outdoors without a mask in many cases. But the reality is that the fight against COVID-19 is not over yet, which is why the White House has said it is banning travel from certain locations, effective Tuesday, May 4. Read on to see what will be banned soon, and for more on what else you should avoid, the CDC says these are the “least safe” places you go to right now. The White House is banning most travel from India to the United States as of this week. In an April 30 announcement, the White House said it would start banning most travel from India to the United States based on guidelines issued by the CDC. The move comes as India continues to fight one of the world’s worst active coronavirus outbreaks, reporting more than 3,000 deaths a day and more than 400,000 new cases on April 29, reports The New York Times. Soaring nationwide, these 6 states are seeing the worst COVID surges. There are a few exemptions from the travel ban, including US citizens. According to the White House proclamation, the new set of travel restrictions would bar any foreign citizen who has visited India in the past 14 days from entering the United States. The travel ban does not apply to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States, as well as their spouses, young children or siblings, or the parents of any citizen or permanent resident under the age of 21 years old. Exempt from the travel ban are still subject to current CDC guidelines for international arrivals to the United States, which require a negative COVID-19 test within three days of travel. Those who are not vaccinated should also self-quarantine for a full week after arrival. And for more on how you can protect yourself, the CDC says if you see this in a restaurant, don’t go inside. Officials are concerned about a new variant originating in India, which could affect those fully vaccinated. But it was not just the sheer volume of cases that led the White House to ban travel from India to the United States Anecdotal evidence from doctors and press reports across India have claimed that a New highly contagious local variant of the virus, B.1.617, has been spread which is making even fully vaccinated people sick, reports the Times. “The CDC advises, based on work by public health experts and scientists, that these variants have characteristics of concern, which may make them more easily transmitted and have reduced protective potential. Offered by some vaccines.” President Joe Biden said in the proclamation. And for more information about COVID delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter. Similar travel bans are still in effect for other countries. India is not the only country to have banned travel to the US A similar order previously placed by the Biden administration in January also currently places restrictions on other hotspots of active or previous variants of the virus, including UK, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, Iran, China and 26 countries of the European Union.However, US citizens and residents permanent employees are also exempt from these travel bans. Some experts have warned that travel bans may not do the job the government hopes to do. “If the goal is to try and prevent the introduction of this new variant, 6.1.7. Which is circulating in India, I assure you it’s already there,” said Scott Gottlieb, MD, former commissioner of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), on Face the Nation on May 2. “So we’re not going to prevent its introduction. These travel restrictions might have a purpose, but we need to be clear on what it is at the moment. We still have restrictions in place against travel from China and the United States. UK It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense so I’m not really sure what the overall strategy for these ongoing travel restrictions we have in place is. “And for more on where you shouldn’t be visiting post-shots, The CDC warns you to avoid this location, even if you are vaccinated.