Donald Trump is considering banning flights from the UK in the latest efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus. The US president said the UK exemption had been made on the recommendation of ‘a group of professionals’ – but the rising number of British cases could result in a volte-face. ‘We are looking at it based on the new numbers that are coming out – and we may have to include them in the list of countries that we will, you could say ban or whatever it is, during this period of time,’ Mr Trump told reporters. He said Britain’s ‘numbers have gone up fairly precipitously over the last 24 hours’. The President previously excluded Britain from the Europe-wide travel ban because he believed the UK authorities were doing a ‘good job’. But with a rising total of infections and fatalities, currently standing at 798 cases with 11 dead across the UK, Trump said British citizens may be added to the list of those banned from the US. The ban takes effect from midnight tonight, causing many Americans in Europe to desperately scramble to board the final flights leaving the continent. Trump earlier declared a national emergency on coronavirus, allowing… Read full this story
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