Trump Places Ban On Europe Over Coronavirus

 Trump Places Ban On Europe Over Coronavirus

US President Donald Trump addresses the Nation from the Oval Office about the widening novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis in Washington, DC on March 11, 2020. Doug Mills / POOL / AFP

US President Donald Trump has announced sweeping travel restrictions on 26 European countries in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The ban applies to travellers from countries which are members of the Schengen border free travel area.

The UK, Ireland and other non-Schengen countries are unaffected including US citizens.

The EU condemned the measures, which it said were taken unilaterally and without consultation.

The new rules go into effect on Friday at midnight EDT and mark a major escalation from the US president, who has been accused of inaction over coronavirus.

There are 1,135 confirmed cases of the virus across the US, with 38 deaths so far.

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