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EU considers blocking Americans from travel list due to COVID-19 outbreak

EU considers blocking Americans from travel list due to COVID-19 outbreak
Michael Pihach

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Travellers from countries with serious COVID-19 outbreaks – the United States included – may not be able to enter some European regions, reports indicate.

EU ambassadors are meeting on Wednesday (June 24th) to discuss its plans to reopen international borders on July 1st.  

Part of that discussion includes the idea of blocking certain countries from entering European Union nations.

Creating a "safe list"

A 27-member bloc of ambassadors are reviewing measures that non-EU countries should meet as it creates a “safe list,” reports the BBC.

Reports indicate that Americans, as well as citizens from Brazil, Russia and other countries with high COVID-19 infection rates, will likely not make this list.

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On Tuesday (June 23rd), The New York Times published a report claiming that it had seen a draft of the list and that the U.S. was, indeed, excluded. 

World's highest COVID-19 case count

The United States has the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths and infections in the world.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S., as of June 24th, was more than 2.3 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. 

It is not yet clear how the EU will assess which countries meet health standards and which ones do not.  

However, the European Commission is advising ambassadors to only to consider countries that are comparable or better than the EU average when it comes to new infections, the BBC reports.

Trends around new infections, as well as a country’s handling of testing and tracing are also being pushed as factors to consider.

Recommendations made by the European Commission are not mandatory, however. How a country decides to opens up its borders is up to each individual state.

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