The Joe Biden administration will limit journey from India from Tuesday in view of the spike in instances of Covid-19, the White House stated in an announcement Friday.
”On the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Administration will limit journey from India beginning instantly,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated.
“The policy will be implemented in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in India.”
The restrictions won’t apply to American residents and lawful residents (Green Card holders), in line with particulars reported by some media shops.
The state division had reissued a “Do not travel” advisory for its residents for India on Wednesday and allowed households of diplomats to go away for the United States in view of the spike in instances in India. A state division spokesperson stated this a voluntary licensed departure and never obligatory.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the Department of State authorized the voluntary departure, so-called authorized departure, of family members of the embassy – at the US Embassy in New Delhi and the consulates throughout the country,” the spokesperson stated at a information briefing.
“Authorized departure doesn’t force anyone to leave; it doesn’t require anyone to leave. It gives these family members the option to depart if they wish. Departure, again, is not required.”
The United States has additionally prolonged the Level 4 “Do not travel” advisory, which Price stated, was a “pro forma re-issuance” of a beforehand issued advisory that had “been in effect, given COVID not only in India but also globally as well”.
Price refused to share particulars of studies of US embassy employees contracting Covid-19. CNN has reported citing sources that there was a significant outbreak at US missions in India. Two regionally employed employees members have died and greater than 100 examined optimistic.
“It is fair to say that Covid has touched every – just about every element of Indian society, and of course, we do have a large diplomatic presence in India, as you might expect, given our global comprehensive partnership with India,” Price stated, including, “So while I can’t offer any specifics on U.S. embassy employees or family members or locally employed staff, clearly this is a pandemic; this is an outbreak, a surge of cases in India that has left no part of the country untouched.”
Asked in regards to the removing and blocking of social media posts important of the Indian authorities over the second wave of Covid-19 epidemic, Price stated, “Of course, India is a large democracy with whom we share foundational values, and freedom of information, freedom of expression is something we support around the world.”
Pushed again by a reporter who requested if freedom of expression and data prolonged to social media posts that incited violence, the state division spokesperson stated that “hate speech, incitement to violence is something that we oppose everywhere”.
“But clearly,” he added, “we support freedom of expression, while still calling out and condemning when we see incitement to violence and hate speech.”
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