Reversing his predecessor Donald Trump’s policy, U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday re-imposed a ban on travellers from Europe and Brazil.

The White House also barred those from South Africa from entering the U.S. due to emergence of a new variant of coronavirus in that country.

“The President is taking these steps on the advice of his COVID-19 and medical team,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at her daily press briefing.

“President Biden has decided to maintain the restrictions previously in place for the European Schengen area, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Brazil,” Ms. Psaki said.

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