President Donald Trump said Monday he is still considering additional travel restrictions for countries with rampant coronavirus outbreaks.
“Yes, we are,” the President said in response to a question about additional restrictions on travel “from certain countries where they’re having more of a breakout.”
Trump didn’t name which countries were coming under consideration for new restrictions, though the United States recently upped travel warnings for Italy and South Korea, where the virus has infected thousands.
The United States has already restricted travel on people who have visited China and Iran.
Speaking in the Cabinet Room, where he was meeting with representatives from the pharmaceutical industry, Trump said it wasn’t yet necessary to declare a national emergency in response to coronavirus. He said it’s possible he could declare one in the future.
In a news briefing, Vice President Mike Pence said anyone traveling to the United States on a flight from Italy and South Korea will receive multiple screenings before arriving in the United States.
“The action the President authorized this weekend raising the travel advisory, the American people should know that we are saying that they — you should not travel to certain sections of Italy or South Korea. Those advisories may expand, but we’ll allow the case load in those countries to define that,” Pence said.
Pence also did not go into specifics as to which other countries were being considered but did mention the European Union, because a passport isn’t needed to travel among those countries and there have been some new cases there.