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Biden says covid travel bans will stay despite Trump order to lift them

US President-elect Joe Biden’s spokeswoman says the US will maintain travel bans on the UK, much of the EU and Brazil, despite an order from President Donald Trump to lift them.

The White House decreed on Monday that the entry ban would end on 26 January, six days after Biden takes office.

The US imposed the restrictions on Europe last March and the Brazilian entry ban was put in place in May.

But Biden’s spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, said on Twitter that now was not the time to be easing travel measures.

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“On the advice of our medical team, the administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on Jan 26th,” tweeted Ms Psaki, immediately after President Trump’s decree was issued.

“In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of Covid-19.”

She said that with “more contagious variants emerging around the world, this is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel”.

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