President Donald Trump announced his heaviest action yet to combat the COVID-19 pandemic – banning U.S. travel from the European Union, with exception of the United Kingdom.
“After consulting with our top government health professionals, I have decided to take several strong but necessary actions to protect the health and wellbeing of all Americans. To keep new cases from entering our shores we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days.”
The new travel ban will begin Friday midnight.
Trump also announced an economic stimulus plan that aims to help small businesses cope with the crisis and for those who may lose their jobs.
“To ensure that working Americans impacted by the virus can stay home without fear of financial hardship, I will soon be taking emergency action, which is unprecedented, to provide financial relief. This will be targeted for workers who are ill, quarantined, or caring for others due to coronavirus,” he said. “Using emergency authority I will be instructing the Treasury Department to defer tax payments without interest or penalties for certain individuals and businesses negatively impacted. This action will provide more than 200 billion dollars of additional liquidity to the economy.”
Meanwhile, on Wednesday the NBA had suspended its season indefinitely after a player from the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID 19.
Many other major sporting events in the U.S. have also been canceled, as well as concerts, conventions and other large gatherings.