WASHINGTON DC – American President Donald J. Trump signed an order today which denies entry to the United States to “all aliens” who were in Brazil.
The order takes effect on May 28 at 11:59 p.m.
The United States has the most coronavirus cases worldwide at more than 1.63 million.
On Friday, Brazil surpassed Russia to take over the #2 spot for COVID-19 cases. Brazil has more than 347,000 cases.
The travel order prohibits non-U.S. citizens from traveling to the United States if they had been in Brazil in the last two weeks
“I don’t want people coming over here and infecting our people. I don’t want people over there sick either. We’re helping Brazil with ventilators. … Brazil is having some trouble, no question about it,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday, reported Reuters.
Brazil recorded more than 22,000 deaths, which would make it the fifth-most in the world. There have been more than 96,000 U.S. deaths reported.
Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly downplayed the virus, dismissing it as a “little flu” and attacking stay-at-home orders imposed by governors as a “crime,” reported NBC News.
Bolsonaro’s own press secretary tested positive for the virus in March after attending a gathering with the Brazilian president and Trump at Mar-a-Lago.