February 26, 2024

Individuals wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) wear the body of a person who died of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during a mass cremation at a crematorium in New Delhi, India on April 26, 2021.

Adnan Abidi | Reuters

Biden’s government will restrict travel from India as that country grapples with a gigantic increase in coronavirus cases, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday.

The policy will go into effect on Tuesday May 4th, Psaki said in a statement. The administration made the decision based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Psaki said.

The State Department declined to comment on the reported travel restrictions and referred a reporter’s question to the White House.

While Covid infections and deaths in the US are declining as millions of Americans are vaccinated every day, India is in some cases on an unprecedented surge.

India reported a record daily death toll from Covid on Wednesday. The country has reported more than 300,000 new cases every day for more than a week.

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