President Donald Trump has announced that he intends to impose a travel ban on Brazilian citizens, as a response to the fact that the South American country has reached its deadliest day since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared. Trump has declared during an interview with the reporters at the White House that this restriction is currently under its early planning stage, and nothing is sure yet.
The President has publicly stated that his approach towards this situation is a matter of security for his citizens and nothing more. In addition to this, he has underlined the cooperation between the US and Brazil, since the United States of America are supporting the South American country with ventilators and other necessary medical products.
On the 21st of May, Brazil has declared a total of 1,179 deaths caused by the deadly virus for the previous day. As reported by Reuters, the highest number of cases registered in Brazil was back on the 12th of May, when 881 were killed by COVID-19. The nation has 271,000 patients infected with coronavirus, out of which 17,983 are deceased. On a global scale, Brazil is the third country with the highest amount of infections.
In the meantime, the United States has reported 1.5 million infected patients and more than 92,000 deaths. Even though the unprecedented number of confirmed cases is alarmingly high, Trump has declared that these numbers only show America’s potential of testing its citizens. According to the President, the large numbers represent a “great tribute” to the efficient medical system that America has developed throughout the years.
Consequently, Trump’s decision is based solely on President Jair Bolsonaro’s incapability of properly dealing with the deadly virus. In addition to this, the political situation in Brazil is crucial, since the health minister, Nelson Teich, has recently handed in his resignation.
This article was originally published on CNBC.