In the midst of the growing COVID-19 cases in Brazil, the United States has taken a step to ban all travel from this Latin American country. Trump’s government has banned all flights from the nation and struck the contested leader, who has used his warm relationship with the US president to bolster his political ambitions.
New 13,051 cases and 806 deaths have been registered in Brazil in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 376,669 and 23,522 deaths.
Brazil is the second most affected country in the world today, trailing the United States, which has confirmed over 1,706,226 cases, and 99,805 deaths.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has ignored a warning from health experts and has repeatedly made fun of social distance measures. This has led to an explosion of new cases and deaths in the most populous country in Latin America in recent weeks.
Even in the face of overwhelming cases, where hospitals were full and mayors and governors begging for help, the President spent the most on the fight against the Supreme Court, Congress, and even his ministers. Within a month, the country lost its two ministers due to a misunderstanding with Mr. Bolsonaro.
The president has not only been criticized for his stupidity in responding to COVID-19 but has also emerged as the target of an investigation into whether he has protected his family from corruption investigations.
Though the president described this highly contagious virus as a small flue, the world has been shaken with over 5.5 million cases and 346,000 deaths confirmed in over 200 countries from different continents.
And amid the cases and deaths attributable to the President’s negligence, US officials have now taken a step to ban the spread of the disease from travel.
Officials said on Sunday that the ban will help prevent foreigners who are in Brazil from coming back and causing an additional infection in the country.
However, White House spokesman Kayleigh McEnany said the new travel restrictions will not affect bilateral trade between these two countries.
So far, there has been no official comment from President Bolsonaro on the ban, but his adviser said they expected the ban, and now it’s no surprise.
Filipe Martins, the advisor, has posted on Twitter that people should ignore the press hysteria. International travel was practically stopped in the midst of this global pandemic, as different countries have taken different measures to curb the spread of the virus.
But for Mr. Bolsonaro, who saw his ratings drop when the Brazilian outbreak appears to be getting out of control, the ban is another setback to public relations.
Also, the ban obfuscates the view for Brazilian airlines, which, like many around the world, are suffering from the slump in demand.
Before the crisis, the United States was an important destination for Brazilian business people and tourists. Last year there were almost 30 direct daily flights between countries. There are now only 13 flights a week from Brazil to the United States.
Lena Wood graduated from John Carroll University in the year 2002. She born and grown up in Dallas but later she moved to Cleveland for Studying. Lena has written for several major publications including Community Newspapers and News Desk. Lena is a community Reporter and also Covers National Topics.