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New York, Mar 11 (Canadian-Media): New travel restrictions on Europe, which will go into effect Friday at midnight, to combat the spread of the coronavirus were announced by US President Donald Trump in his address to the nation Wednesday, media reports said.
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Trump said all travel from Europe would be suspended for the next 30 days except where 460 cases of the virus have now been confirmed.
U.S. has recorded 1,135 confirmed cases of the virus with 38 deaths.
"To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States," Trump said.
In his announcement, Trump blamed the European Union (EU) for its lack of fast measures to curb the virus and added the European travelers were responsible for seeding U.S. clusters.
“We made a lifesaving move with early action on China," Trump said. "Now we must take the same action with Europe.”
Trump said the United Kingdom would be barred from these travel restrictions and the U.S. would continue to monitor the situation to determine if travel could be reopened earlier.
Trump said he was also directing agencies to provide ," and asked Congress to take action to extend it.
Trump's announcement also included his directions to the agencies to provide unspecified financial relief for workers who are sick, quarantined or caring for others due to coronavirus.
Small businesses would be provided with billions of dollars of loan.
Trump also urged Congress to pass major tax relief measures by deferring tax payments for some individual and business filers for three months, said Trump, to lessen the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak on the US economy.
"We are marshalling the full power of the federal government and the private sector to protect the American people," he said.