- US President Donald Trump has opted to implement a travel ban amid the coronavirus outbreak
- This comes after the World Health Organisation declared the situation a pandemic
- Travellers from mainland Europe will not be unable to enter the United States for a period of 30 days
President Donald Trump has announced that travellers from mainland Europe will be barred from entering the United States.
This ban will continue for the next 30 days amid fears of a rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak.
Speaking during the announcement, Trump commented amid signs of a crisis in Europe:
"This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history."
Trump confirmed that the ban will come into effect at midnight on Friday and would not include Britain.
Brief confusion came after Trump declared that a 'tremendous amount of trade and cargo' from the region would also be banned, but officials corrected that the restrictions would only apply to humans.
eNCA reports that Ireland, Albania, Belgium, Sweden and Bulgaria registered their first fatalities this week, bringing Europe's total deaths to 930 out of over 22 000 infections.
Globally, the number of infections spiked to over 124 000 with 45 000 fatalities, according to a report by AFP.
Briefly.co.za reported that the World Health Organization finally declared the outbreak a pandemic on Wednesday evening, cautioning that the continued spread and severity of the coronavirus was due to 'alarming levels of inaction'.
America, according to Johns Hopkins University (which is tracking the virus in the region) has around 1 300 known cases with 36 fatalities recorded.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that South Africa has six new cases, bringing the total number of infections up to 13.
The new cases, including the first for the Western Cape province, were all citizens who had travelled overseas.
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