Biden signed the proclamation to ban travel from India on Friday. The ban will become effective on May 4.

White House Bans Travel from India amid Second Wave of COVID

The White House is raising it’s barriers towards travel from India with the surge of the Coronavirus cases in India. The ban will come into effect on 12.01 a.m. eastern daylight time on May 4, 2021.

Vice President Kamala Harris talked about the India travel ban and White House’s promise to help India amid the disaster.

“It is important to note, as I said earlier, that we have a responsibility as the United States in particular, as it relates to the people that we have partnered with over the years, to step up when people are in a time of need,” Harris said in a statement she made on Friday.

The vice president who has family members residing in India proceeded,”And as it relates to the people of India, we have long standing decades old relationship with India, with the Indian people, in particular around public health issues.”

She disclosed that the U.S. will send supplies which includes oxygen, to India Friday night. She then added,”with an expectation that will provide some level of relief.”

White House Bans Travel from India amid Second Wave of COVID
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“On the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Administration will restrict travel from India. The policy was implemented in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in India,” Jen Psaki who is the press secretary of the White House made this statement on Friday considering the ban.  

President Joe Biden was told by the COVID-19 Response Team, medical experts and National Security personnel to implement the ban. 

White House Bans Travel from India amid Second Wave of COVID

American citizens, their spouses and children under 21 don’t fall under the restrictions.

Exceptions apply to journalists, students, immigrants, certain academics, etc. those travelling purposes were for public response, providing vital support, humanitarian travel and other required services.

Although they will still obey travel guidelines issued by the CDC.

White House Bans Travel from India amid Second Wave of COVID

The proclamation which Biden signed on Friday also says that India is responsible for one-third of recent global cases.

On Friday evening there were around 208,330 cases of deaths in the country according to India’s Ministry of Health. Also it was reported that India which is the second most populated country shows daily records of new COVID infections. 

The real numbers of the COVID infections are 30 times than that of the actual count, as reported by CNN.

During Sunday Biden also said that the U.S. will unite with European Countries in directing help towards India. U.S. will supply financial support and raw materials for vaccines.

“Just as India sent assistance to the United States as our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, we are determined to help India in its time of need,” Biden tweeted on Sunday.

White House Bans Travel from India amid Second Wave of COVID

With the new cases and deaths in heavily populated areas of India the hospitals, graveyards and crematoriums have become overwhelmed. With the shortage of oxygen in the country some people have died in the streets in searching for a hospital. To make things worse, crematoriums were made to increase their funeral pyres. For example in the city of Bhopal, the number of 12 pyres was increased to 50 according to Washington Post.

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