Spokeswoman for president-elect who takes workplace on January 20 says controls on Europe, Brazil arrivals will stay in place.

US President-elect Joe Biden’s spokeswoman rapidly dismissed Donald Trump’s announcement on Monday {that a} COVID-19 ban on travellers arriving from a lot of Europe and Brazil could be lifted subsequent week, stressing the incoming administration was listening to medical recommendation.

The duelling statements underline the fractious transition of energy simply 48 hours forward of Biden’s inauguration in Washington, DC.

“On the recommendation of our medical staff, the Administration doesn’t intend to carry these restrictions on 1/26,” Jen Psaki, Biden’s press secretary, tweeted on Monday.

“In reality, we plan to strengthen public well being measures round worldwide journey with a view to additional mitigate the unfold of COVID-19.”

“With the pandemic worsening and extra contagious variants rising around the globe, this isn’t the time to be lifting restrictions on worldwide journey,” she added.

Trump signed the order lifting the restrictions he imposed in mid-March final yr after securing help from coronavirus job power members and public well being officers.

Till Biden acts, Trump’s order ends restrictions the identical day that new guidelines requiring a unfavourable COVID-19 check take impact for all worldwide guests to the US.

The restrictions barred the entry of almost all non-US residents who had frolicked in Brazil, the UK, Eire and the 26 nations of the Schengen space in Europe that enable journey throughout open borders throughout the earlier 14 days.

Since then new variants of the virus have emerged, together with one in Brazil and one within the UK, which can be considerably extra infectious.

Trump has for months refused to simply accept the result of the November 3 election and denied Biden’s staff entry to funds and sources. Breaking with custom, he has additionally not met Biden.

Trump can be set to turn out to be the primary outgoing president in 152 years to not attend his successor’s inauguration ceremony.

The US has recorded greater than 24 million instances of COVID-19 for the reason that pandemic started and has the world’s highest loss of life toll for the virus, with almost 400,000 folks lifeless.