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US extends European travel ban to Britain, Ireland

2020-03-15 HKT 01:41
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  • Vice President Mike Pence briefs the media on the latest measures to combat the pandemic. Photo: AP
    Vice President Mike Pence briefs the media on the latest measures to combat the pandemic. Photo: AP
Vice President Mike Pence announced on Saturday that a travel ban imposed on European nations over the coronavirus pandemic would be extended to the United Kingdom and Ireland starting at 0400 GMT on Tuesday.

"Americans in the UK or Ireland can come home. Legal residents can come home," Pence told a White House news conference, adding that such people would be "funneled through specific airports and processed."

A 30-day US ban on travel from the EU's Schengen border-free zone took effect on Saturday, but notably excluded Britain and Ireland.

Trump had earlier confirmed the ban would be extended to those countries, saying: "They've had a little bit of activity, unfortunately." (AFP)