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US, Australia Ban Travel To India, Kamala Harris Reassures Support

BP World Bureau | May 01 2021 12:37:10 PM
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United States and Australia announced travel restrictions to and from India due to the massive increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country. 

US Press Secretary Jen Psaki said administration will restrict travel from India on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Australia announced that residents and citizens who have been in India within two weeks of the date they plan to return home will be banned from entering the country. 

Australian health minister  Greg Hunt said restrictions come into effect from May 3 and breaching the ban risks civil penalties and up to five years imprisonment.

He added that the government will reconsider the restrictions on May 15. 

India has recorded over four lakh cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours, which is also the highest ever.

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US vice president Kamala Harris reassured US's commitment to support India in battling the challenge, calling the situation in the country tragic. 

"We have already made a commitment in terms of a dollar amount that will go to PPE and a number of other things," she said. 

Harris added that she hasn't spoken to her family in India since the second wave. 

White House said that the US will continue to maintain communication with India about its needs to address the COVID-19 crisis.

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