US President Donald Trump cracks down on the coronavirus, restricting travel from 26 EU countries (excluding Ireland) in a Europe-to-US travel ban.
As COVID-19 continues to clock up numbers on the Emerald Isle, precautionary measures have increased at home and across the globe.
The virus that spawned from China has spread like wildfire across continents since its inception. While Italy has become the European capital of COVID-19, the number of cases continue to rise at home and abroad.
On the 12th of March 2020, US President Donald Trump announced his decision to crack down on the spread of coronavirus by imposing a Europe to US travel ban.
Europe-to-US travel ban
This restriction will come into effect at midnight Eastern Daylight Time (04:00 GMT) on Friday 13th of March 2020. The plan outlines the travel restrictions on 26 European countries to the United States.
There are several exceptions to this ban. First of all, American travellers are not be affected by this Europe to US travel ban.
“A global crisis”
President Trump took to the Oval Office in the United States White House on Wednesday night, while Europe slept, to make his address.
“This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history.”
He went on to criticise other countries, such as the UK, for not protecting their citizens and stopping the spread of the deadly virus by taking “the same precautions.”
Trump under criticism
Responding to his brash decision, the EU commented that the health crisis. They commented that this is “a global crisis, not limited to any continent and it requires cooperation rather than unilateral action”.
The European Council President, Charles Michel, and European Commission President, Ursula Von der Leyen, also expressed displease at this Europe to US travel ban.
“The EU disapproves of the fact that the US decision to impose a travel ban was taken unilaterally and without consultation.”
Ireland, as it stands
From 18:00 on the 12th of March until the 29th of March, schools, universities and other public facilities will shut.
Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s Taoiseach (an Irish prime minister), delivered the announcement to citizens as fears for public safety continues to grow across the island of Ireland.
The number of confirmed cases continues to rise steadily, day by day. On Thursday 12th of March, 27 new cases surfaced in the Republic of Ireland.
The new cases bring the total to 70 in the Republic, 20 in Northern Ireland. And, the numbers maintain consistent growth. The intensive care units (ICU) treated six cases, and one woman has died.
At present, public transport and shops are continuing to work as usual. The government, however, is encouraging people to work remotely where possible.
The Irish government has not announced any intentions to execute a plan such as Trump’s Europe to US travel ban.
These developments come mere hours after Ireland moves into the “delay” phase, the second of four stages of the coronavirus plan. There are four in total, ranging from the initial contagion phase to the worst-case scenario.