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Trump Says He’s Considering Domestic U.S. Travel Restrictions to Fight Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — President Trump said he’s considering placing domestic travel restrictions on select places in an attempt to control the spread of the new coronavirus. Trump suggested the plans are not finalized yet, and he didn’t name any specific cities or states. His administration is considering domestic travel restrictions within the U.S. “specifically from certain…

Trump Says He’s Considering Domestic U.S. Travel Restrictions to Fight Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — President Trump said he’s considering placing domestic travel restrictions on select places in an attempt to control the spread of the new coronavirus.

Trump suggested the plans are not finalized yet, and he didn’t name any specific cities or states. His administration is considering domestic travel restrictions within the U.S. “specifically from certain areas,” Trump said at a White House press briefing Saturday.

The imposition of domestic travel restrictions would mark a dramatic new escalation of U.S. efforts to fight the outbreak declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on Wednesday. The move would follow restrictions Trump placed on travelers from China in January, and from Europe this week.

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Shortly after Trump spoke, Vice President Mike Pence said that the U.S. will be extending its European travel ban to include UK and Ireland, effective Monday night.

The announcements follow a decision by the Pentagon to restrict domestic travel for service members and their families through May 11.

The travel restrictions from Europe, and now the U.K. and Ireland, do not apply to U.S. citizens, officials said. But Americans returning from those countries will need to undergo special screening.

“Americans in the UK or Ireland can come home. Legal residents can come home,” Pence said. “They will be funneled through specific airports and processes.”

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Suspending travel from the U.K. and Ireland was a “unanimous” recommendation from Trump’s team of advisers, Pence said.

The new restrictions follow an avalanche of headlines showing how the virus has upended normal American life, including cancellations or postponements of sporting events, the Louisiana presidential primary, Broadway shows, concerts, conferences, classes at universities and schools, and much more.

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