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President Trump suspends travel from Europe to US in fight against coronavirus spread

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The restrictions are set to last for 30 days, and the UK is exempt

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President Donald Trump announced during a prime-time address to the nation Wednesday that he would soon be imposing a 30-day ban on travel from Europe to the United States in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The president noted that the U.K. would be exempt from the restrictions.

What are the details?

"To keep new [coronavirus] cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days," the president said, explaining that the ban would go into effect at midnight on Friday.

"These restrictions will be adjusted subject to conditions on the ground," President Trump continued. "There will be exemptions for Americans who have undergone appropriate screenings, and these prohibitions will not only apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo, but various other things as we get approval."

He added, "These restrictions will also not apply to the United Kingdom."

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