US to restrict travel from India due to COVID-19 surge

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s administration plans to restrict travel from the U.S. to India beginning Tuesday due to a surge in COVID cases.

The move follows a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

“The policy will be implemented in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in India,” she said in a statement.

Details are not yet available on whether flights will be banned from India or if foreign nationals will be banned from entering.

India has seen a crushing increase in COVID-19 cases. In February, there were about 350,000 coronavirus cases in India and 2,670 deaths. So far in April, there have been more than 3 million cases, a ninefold increase, and 17,000 deaths, according to data from S.V. Subramanian, a professor of population health and geography at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The U.S. government already recommends against travel to India, with the country at the highest alert level in ratings by the CDC and the U.S. State Department.

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