- Trump also called on Congress to agree to paid sick leave and a payroll tax cut.
- Many countries around the world have also issued tourism bans on several countries with severe outbreaks.
- Several Latin American countries shut down schools and banned large gatherings.
On the same day that the World Health Organization officially announced the new coronavirus epidemic entered a “global pandemic”, US President Donald Trump announced a 30-day ban on all European and American travel, except the UK. In addition, he also criticized the European Union for not trying to control the epidemic as quickly as possible, saying that the case of community infection in the United States was caused by Europe.
He also emphasized that elderly American citizens currently have a higher risk of contracting the new coronavirus, so he called on nursing homes to stop all unnecessary visits, and also stressed that any American who felt unwell should stay at home. He also said he would ask Congress to agree to paid sick leave and a payroll tax cut to provide economic stimulus and financial assistance to US citizens and businesses affected by the new coronavirus outbreak.
Meanwhile, the outbreak in Italy continues to spread. Italy added 2,313 confirmed cases on Wednesday, raising the cumulative number of confirmed cases to 12,462. In addition, Italy also added 196 new deaths on Wednesday, raising the cumulative death toll to 827.
Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte told the country in a televised speech that all businesses except pharmacies and supermarkets would be closed. He emphasized, “we expect to stop all commercial activities and all sales except daily necessities”. He said that stores that included barbershops, beauty shops, bars, and restaurants that could not guarantee a distance of one meter between customers must cease operations. “We will only be able to see the effects of this great effort in a couple of weeks,” Conte said.
India has announced that it will stop issuing tourist visas until April 15th, and also said that they will isolate tourists from China, Italy, South Korea, France, Spain, and Germany. Diplomatic visas, visas issued to international organizations, and work visas are unlimited.
On the same day, the Panamanian government announced that it would order the closure of all schools because they were concerned that the new coronavirus would spread to schools on a large scale. In addition, Argentina and Peru all said on Wednesday that travelers from China, Italy, Spain, and France must be quarantined after arriving in these countries. Argentina reported the first death from the new coronavirus in Latin America on Saturday.
In addition, El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele announced on Wednesday that the country will close schools and universities for three weeks, and ban gatherings of more than 500 people. At the same time, he also said that the country will also ban foreigners from entering the country for the next three weeks. Earlier, El Salvador had banned nationals from Italy, Germany, South Korea, Japan, and China.
The four-nation football tournament, originally scheduled to be held in Qatar, was canceled. Although the organizers did not give special reasons for canceling the event, the country added 238 confirmed cases in one day on Wednesday, raising the cumulative number of confirmed cases to 262. Qatar’s health ministry warns that they believe the sharply increased confirmed cases represent a possible outbreak in the country.