Apr 30, 2021 - Health

White House to restrict travel from India

Picture of a crematorium in India

Family members perform the last rites of a person, who died due to coronavirus, at a crematorium in New Delhi. Photo: Mayank Makhija/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The White House will restrict travel from India starting at midnight on Tuesday, May 4, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced on Friday.

Driving the news: The Biden administration cited a steep rise in coronavirus cases in the country and the possible emergence of multiple variants.

What she's saying: "On the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the administration will restrict travel from India starting immediately," Psaki said.

Worth noting: The policy won't apply to American citizens, permanent residents or other people with exemptions, CNN writes.

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