On Wednesday, March 11, President Donald Trump announced a 30-day travel ban from most European countries to the U.S. in a bid to contain the "foreign virus."
Addressing the nation on prime time TV, the President suspended "all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days." The ban includes all countries in the Schengen zone, therefore excluding the U.K. and Ireland.
The President later tweeted the ban would apply to “people not goods.” And the Department of Homeland Security further clarified it concerned only foreign nationals and not American citizens or their family members.
This follows an article yesterday in the New York Times citiing a U.S. industry trade group who said "the coronavirus could wipe out between $63 billion and $113 billion in worldwide airline revenues this year." This would be the worst threat to face the aviation industry since Sept. 11, 2001.
Actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, who are in Australia for a movie shoot, confirmed yesterday that they have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Also, the NBA announced last night they are suspending the season “until further notice” after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus. The league's owners had been considering playing games without fans in arenas.
Earlier Wednesday, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic.
There are 118,000 cases globally and more than 4,000 deaths, the agency said, and cases have been reported on every continent except for Antarctica.
The U.S. travel ban affects the nations of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.