President Donald Trump and the White House announced on Saturday that they’ve taken measures to increase the strength and number of travel bans with regard to passengers traveling to the United States from Iran, amid growing concerns of an increased number of Coronavirus cases in Iran.
The United States already has some level of travel restriction from the country of Iran, however, those restrictions, according to Breitbart, have been expanded to include those traveling from or through Iran over the past 14 days — presumably as the known incubation period for the Coronavirus is 14 days.
On top of the increased travel restrictions, the Trump administration and U.S. State Department also issued a “level 4” warning with regard to travelers who have plans to travel to certain areas of Italy and South Korea, as the two countries have also seen a spike in Coronavirus cases over the past week, relative to other countries being affected by the novel pathogen.
“We are urging Americans to not travel to the areas in Italy and the areas in South Korea that are most affected by the coronavirus,” said Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday.
During a press conference, the president again attempted to downplay fears of any major Coronavirus situations in the United States, but did admit that more cases were “likely.” He stressed that healthy Americans are much less likely to suffer any serious or critical outcomes should they contract the virus at some point.
“Additional cases in the United States are likely. But healthy individuals should be able to fully recover,” Trump said on Saturday.
Trump indicated that the newly-formed task force, tasked with dealing with the spread of Coronavirus in the United States which is headed up by Pence, met for several hours to discuss developments, including news that the U.S. experienced its first official death from the virus, which happened to a middle-aged woman in Washington state.