we wonnon lift travel restrictions, citing spike in Delta covid variant cases

Travelers arrive at terminal 4 of JFK International Airport in New York on 22 December 2020.

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The United States will not lift restrictions on overseas travel due to concerns over the rise in the more contagious cases of Covid-19 delta variant, according to a White House official.

About 83 percent of new Cases of covid in the United States this month is delta variant infections and experts say the variant is behind the new wave of infections nationwide.

Reuters was the first to denounce the White House decision.

US delta variant cases are concentrated among those who they are not vaccinated and the number is expected to increase in in the coming weeks, the official She said. They also note that last Monday, the Centers for Disease control and prevention advised the Americans against trip to the UK, given the wave of cases there.

The United States currently bar entrance for most non-citizens who within the last 14 days have been in United Kingdom, European Union nations, Ireland, China, India, South Africa, Iran and Brazil.

the wave in cases involving the “hypertransmissable” variant it was not unexpected. Such infections were predicted for double every few weeks.

On June 19 the delta variant accounted for for just over 30 percent of new cases. On 3 July it passed the age of 50 percent threshold become the dominant variant in the United States

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