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Covid-19: Trump cancels all flights from Europe, apart from the UK

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 12 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1037

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  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York, USA

President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday night in a national TV broadcast that the US would be closed to all flights from Europe—excluding the UK—for 30 days from midnight on Friday 13 March in an attempt to stop the spread of covid-19 to the country.

Trump blamed Europe for increasing US infections, as he referred to covid-19 as a horrible disease. Reading from a teleprompter, he said that while previous measures, such as travel restrictions from China, the announcement of a public health emergency, and warnings, had led to a dramatic decrease in US infections, the problem lay with Europe. …

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