On the same day the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus to be a global pandemic, President Donald Trump Wednesday evening suspended all air travel to the United States from Europe for the next 30 days, although the restriction will not apply to the United Kingdom.
It was not immediately clear how many flights into Los Angeles International Airport the ban will affect, or how many passengers arrive at LAX on a daily basis. An airport spokeswoman reached after hours told City News Service that officials were still processing the news and working to gauge its impact.
In an address from the White House, Trump said he is “marshalling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people. This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history. I am confident that by counting and continuing to take these tough measures we’ll significantly reduce the threat to our citizens and we’ll ultimately and expeditiously defeat this virus.”
Trump reiterated the warning for people to take personal precautions against the spread of the virus.
“Wash your hands, clean often-used surfaces, cover your face and mouth if you sneeze or cough. Most of all, if you’re sick or not feeling well, stay home,” he said.
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