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Travelers wearing protective face masks are seen at the President Juscelino Kubitschek International Airport, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Brasilia, Brazil May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado - RC28VG9EJ5DJ

White House bans entry to US from Brazil due to Covid-19

The White House announced Sunday that it is prohibiting foreigners from travelling to the United States if they had been in Brazil in the last two weeks, two days after the South American nation became the world No. 2 hot spot for coronavirus cases.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the new restrictions would help ensure foreign nationals do not bring additional infections to the US , but would not apply to the flow of commerce between the new countries.