(Washington) US President Joe Biden on Friday decided to impose restrictions on travelers from India, a country that has seen an exponential rise in COVID-19 cases starting next week.
“On the advice of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the administration will impose travel restrictions from India,” the White House said.
The decision will take effect on May 4, she added without further details.
Other countries have imposed restrictions on travelers from India. In France, they are subject to mandatory isolation for ten days upon arrival. Belgium decided on Tuesday to deny them entry.
The Indian variant of the coronavirus, found in at least 17 countries, including France, the UK or Germany, is suspected of being more infectious or even leading to reduced vaccine efficacy, but much remains unknown.
In India, plagued by a spike in COVID-19 cases, there are not enough beds, medicine and oxygen to treat its patients.
On Friday, 385,000 new infections were announced here in 24 hours, a world record with nearly 3,500 deaths.
On the same day, a U.S. military aircraft landed in New Delhi with over 400 oxygen tanks, hospital equipment and a million coronavirus tests.