Coronavirus 'cover-up' is China's Chernobyl: White House adviser

Cheryl Sanders
May 25, 2020

Trump had said last week that he was considering imposing similar restrictions on Brazil.

Brazil became the world No. 2 hot spot for coronavirus cases on Friday, second only to the United States, and now has over 347,000 people infected by the virus, the Health Ministry said.

Non-Americans who have been in Brazil in the two weeks before they request entry to the U.S. will be denied that entry.

"We hope that we're not going to have a problem", Trump said during a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, pointing to concerns about Brazilians traveling to Florida.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement, "Today, the president has taken decisive action to protect our country by suspending the entry of aliens who have been in Brazil during the 14-day period before seeking admittance to the United States".

After originating in China and traveling overseas to ravage nations including Italy, Spain and the U.S., the coronavirus has gained a toehold in Brazil to terrifying effect.

O'Brien says he thinks "we're getting very close to the peak, if we're not at the peak already in Washington" for the coronavirus outbreak and that "if the situation permits it, and we think it will, we'd love to have a G-7 in-person".

O'Brien said the United States will look at restrictions for other countries in the Southern Hemisphere on a country-by-country basis. "We'll make sure it's a safe environment if the leaders can come here". In early March, he imposed travel restrictions on people coming from Europe.

Brazil recently overtook Russian Federation with regards to known cases of the virus.

The country's approach to the virus has been contradictory at times, with President Jair Bolsonaro referring to it as a "little flu" and encouraging businesses to open even as local leaders urge otherwise.

Expert have warned that the real figure may be far higher due to a lack of testing.

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