Last minute !!!! US travel restrictions go into place Sunday evening to combat coronavirus spread

The United States will implement stringent travel restrictions Sunday evening in an effort to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak that has so far killed more than 300 people in China and infected more than 14,000 worldwide.



The plan, which goes into effect at 5 p.m. ET, includes temporarily denying entry to foreign nationals who visited China in the 14 days prior to their arrival to the US, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Friday.
Restrictions also apply to US citizens who have been in China's Hubei province, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, in the 2 weeks prior to their return to the US. Upon their return to the US, those citizens will be subject to a mandatory quarantine of up to 14 days, he said.

US citizens returning from the rest of mainland China in the 14 days prior will undergo health screenings at selected ports of entry and face up to 14 days of self-monitored quarantine.
Flights from China will be directed through 7 airports -- John F. Kennedy in New York, Atlanta, Chicago O'Hare, San Francisco, Seattle-Tacoma, Los Angeles and Honolulu.

Azar outlined the restrictions Friday as he declared the coronavirus a public health emergency in the United States, stressing that "the risk to the American public remains low at this time, and we are working to keep this risk low."
That sentiment was echoed by National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien who told CBS "Face the Nation" on Sunday, "Right now there is no reason for Americans to panic" regarding the coronavirus. O'Brien added, "this is something that is a low risk we think in the US."
The Transportation Security Administration also took steps to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The agency issued a new directive this weekend that required airlines to ask passengers on flights from outside the United States if they've been to mainland China in the past 14 days. All frontline employees will also be permitted to wear surgical masks.


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