WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, mentioned that he doesn’t see the need for the US to enforce domestic travel ban anytime soon.
- Last Saturday, during the White House news conference, President Donald Trump floated the idea of limiting local travels within the country.
- The White House has instituted travel bans for China, South Korea, Iran, Europe, UK and Ireland since the total cases of COVID-19 worldwide have surpassed 162,000 and the death toll is at 6,069.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the coronavirus task force, announced that as of the moment, there’s no need to impose domestic travel ban in the United States amid the virus outbreak.
In his interview with ABC News, Fauci said that he doesn’t see the immediate need right now, but noted, “We are very open-minded about whatever it takes to preserve the health of the American public.”
This was in line with President Donald Trump’s thought on Saturday, during a White House news conference, raising the proposition of limiting travels in the US as another effort to fight the spread of corona virus in the country.
The president said that he wants to end the crisis and doesn’t want a lot of people to get infected. He emphasized that if there’s no need to travel, then he won’t do it.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis seemed to be in support of the idea as he said that visitors from other states with COVID-19 outbreaks are traveling to other places and infecting others. As of counting, the state of Florida has 113 coronavirus cases and four fatalities.
The White House has instituted travel bans for China, South Korea, Iran, Europe, UK and Ireland since the total cases of COVID-19 worldwide have surpassed 162,000 and the death toll is at 6,069. Returning US citizens from overseas have been welcomed with long lines for diagnostics at airports across the country — which brings large crowds.
On Fox News last Sunday, Fauci said, “Obviously whenever you have crowds, that’s the thing we’ve been talking about that we really want to implement is to have that kind of social separation, that is countermanding that and hopefully people understand that you don’t have to rush back.” But he understands the situation of people confronted with travel restriction, that they “they immediately want to … get home.”
Source: New York Post