The White House said on Sunday it plans to donate 1,000 ventilators to Brazil.
The ban on travel from Brazil takes effect late Thursday. As with the other bans, it does not apply to legal permanent residents. A spouse, parent or child of a UScitizen or legal permanent resident also would be allowed to enter the country. The restrictions also do not apply to trade between the USand Brazil.
Earlier on Sunday, Robert O’Brien, the USnational security adviser, had said an announcement was likely.
“We’re concerned about the people of the Southern Hemisphere and certainly the people of Brazil. They’re having a rough go of it,” he said on CBS’ Face the Nation.He said the travel ban would likely be temporary.
“But because of the situation in Brazil, we’re going to take every step necessary to protect the American people.” Mr O’Brien said.
Data from Brazil’s civil aviation agency shows there has already been a sharp reduction in US-bound flights from the South American country. There were more than 700 flights from Brazil to the USin February of this year, with the number dropping to just 140 in April, two months later.
There were more than 700 flights to the USfrom Brazil in April 2019, the data shows.