National security adviser Robert O’Brien said the United States will make a decision on whether to ban travel from Brazil on Sunday.
The number of COVID-19 virus cases in Brazil has been skyrocketing over the past month. Cases have yet to peak in large cities such as Sao Paulo, and hospitals have been struggling to keep up with patients. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro does not support shutting down cities or regions over the virus, leading many experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to signal concern about the region.
During a Sunday interview on CBS’s Face the Nation, O’Brien said the Trump administration will decide shortly whether to ban all travel from Brazil to prevent its outbreak from harming U.S. citizens.
“We’re concerned about the people in the southern hemisphere and certainly the people of Brazil. They’re having a rough go of it. We’ve had a rough go of it,” he said. “As far as travel to Brazil goes, and I’m sorry for the long intro to that, I think we’ll have a 212(f) decision today with respect to Brazil just like we did with the U.K. and Europe and China.”
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