The US government is reportedly set to restrict travel from India amidst the surge in COVID19 in the South Asian nation. According to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, a travel ban to India would go into effect on 4th May 2021.
Jen Psaki also stated that the decision to implement a travel ban to India was made on the advice on the Center for Disease Control (CDC). As the number of COVID19 cases decline in the US following nationwide vaccination program, India is battling with an unprecedented wave of COVID19.
According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of new cases has raised by 26% compared to that of the previous week. And as of today, the number of new daily cases in India has surpassed 400,000 a day and is expected to reach half a million new cases a day within the first week of May 2021.
One of the driving forces behind the sudden surge in COVID19 in India is the double mutation of the virus. The strain identified as B.1.617 is highly infectious and lethal. This has meant that the rate fo infection has far surpassed India’s capacity to treat it’s COVID19 patients. Though the travel ban is expected to go into effect next week, it is expected to be targeted at non US travelers and permanent residents who have been in India recently.