Trump bars travel from Brazil, a new pandemic hotspot

Cheryl Sanders
May 25, 2020

Filipe Martins, advisor to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on global affairs, said, "By temporarily banning the entry of Brazilians to the USA, the American government is following previously established quantitative parameters that naturally reach a country as populous as ours".

Brazil has reported more than 363,000 COVID-19 cases, second behind the United States in the number of infections, according to the country's health ministry.

Brazil also has recorded more than 22,000 deaths, the fifth-highest in the world.

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The ban was a blow to Brazilian President Bolsonaro who has followed Trumps example in addressing the pandemic

"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", White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. The restrictions also do not apply to trade between the United States and Brazil. Officials said the move would not affect commerce between the two countries.

The South American nation recently became the world's second major hotspot for coronavirus cases. The new figures mean Brazil has widened its lead from Russian Federation, which now has over 344,000 confirmed cases and where the outbreak has been slowing down, while the testing has been ramped up.

"By temporarily banning the entry of Brazilians to the United States, the American government is following previously established quantitative parameters that naturally reach a country as populous as ours", Martins tweeted.


National security adviser Robert O'Brien told CBS' "Face the Nation" he believes there will be a decision on Sunday (May 24) about suspending entry for travellers arriving from Brazil.

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

O'Brein was also asked about European restrictions in mid-March coming too late, and claimed that the USA was unaware that China allowed travel to the continent.


"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.

The number of deaths in Brazil has been doubling roughly every two weeks, compared to about every two months in the United Kingdom, four months in France, and five months in Italy.

Despite the rising number of cases President Jair Bolsonaro, has regularly played down the seriousness of the disease.


The virus spread in Brazil has raised alarm bells about further contagion across Latin America, setting it up to be the next hotbed of disease as it begins to slow in the U.S. and Europe.

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