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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.

Go deeper: State Department urges U.S. citizens to leave India as COVID crisis worsens

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Updated Apr 29, 2021 - World

U.S. sending $100M in aid to India as country sets new COVID records

A COVID-19 patient, laying on a rickshaw, receiving oxygen provided by a Gurdwara, a place of worship for Sikhs, along the roadside in Ghaziabad in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, on Wednesday. Photo: Prakash Singh/AFP via Getty Images

The White House announced the U.S. is sending more than $100 million worth of supplies to India — which set new records for COVID-19 cases and deaths in a single day on Thursday.

Driving the news: Coronavirus cases are surging in India amid a widespread oxygen shortage and slow vaccine rollout. The country's pandemic death toll surpassed 200,000 on Wednesday, amid reports that COVID fatalities and cases are going uncounted.

Brazil surpasses 400,000 coronavirus deaths

A gravedigger walks among graves of COVID-19 victims in Brazil. Photo: Michael Dantas/AFP via Getty Images

Brazil on Thursday became only the second country to surpass 400,000 coronavirus deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Why it matters: The rising death toll and high number of cases has some health experts worried about a new wave of the pandemic, exacerbated by the country's slow vaccination campaign and loosening restrictions, AP reports.