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Amid Increased COVID-19 Fears, U.S. Extends Ban on Foreign Travel

Meanwhile, President Trump’s coronavirus test comes back negative

MONDAY, March 16, 2020 (HealthDay News) — In the latest on the coronavirus crisis, the Trump administration on Saturday expanded a 30-day ban on travel from Europe to include residents from the United Kingdom and Ireland, beginning late Monday.

And during a Saturday press conference, Vice President Mike Pence, head of the administration’s coronavirus task force, hinted that restrictions on domestic travel in coronavirus hotspots might come as well. A “broad range of measures” are under consideration, Pence told reporters. “But no decisions have been made yet,” USA Today reported.

President Trump himself took a test for COVID-19 after having come into contact with an infected individual at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida earlier this week. The negative test result was announced on Saturday.

On Friday, Trump took a step many political and health care experts had been urging him to do, declaring the U.S. coronavirus crisis a national emergency. Hours later, the House passed a bill worked out with the Trump administration that will direct billions toward helping sick workers and steadying a faltering economy. The bill would allow for two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of family and medical leave for those affected by the crisis, The New York Times reported.

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