Trump Europe travel ban sparks fears of more coronavirus patients coming to UK

12 March 2020, 08:52

Donald Trump has announced a travel ban on Europe
Donald Trump has announced a travel ban on Europe. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Donald Trump's announcement of banning flights from Europe, but not the UK, has sparked concern among Brits who think it could mean an increase in infected travellers.

On Wednesday night President Trump announced he was suspending all travel between the United States and Europe - excluding the UK and Ireland - for 30 days starting on Friday as he seeks to combat the coronavirus.

But the President's words have been met with concern by some who fear it could mean a large number of travellers from infected areas using the UK as a jumping off point to get into the USA.

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Dickon Farmer raised concerns on social media about Europeans who would not fly to the USA via Britain.

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Journalist James Mitchinson pointed out that travellers could now use Heathrow as a connecting airport to get into the USA and evade Mr Trump's travel ban.

Adel Darwish said he was concerned over the "danger" of Mr Trump's ban which could lead to "1000s of Europeans flying daily to UK to connect to flights to USA" which could spread more coronavirus.

DB said British airports would now become "breeding grounds" for Covid-19 with passengers travelling via the UK attempting to get to the USA.

Karry said President Trump's plan had one "flaw" which was not restricting travel from the UK as it could still act as a vector allowing the virus to spread in the USA.

Ross criticised the President because he believed it would encourage more people to come to the UK, possibly bringing the virus with them.

Mr Trump made the announcement in an Oval Office address to the nation, blaming the European Union for not acting quickly enough to address the outbreak of the virus and saying US clusters were "seeded" by European travellers.

"We made a lifesaving move with early action on China," Mr Trump said. "Now we must take the same action with Europe."

Mr Trump said the restrictions would not apply to the UK. A list of 26 affected countries published on the US Homeland Security website also confirmed Ireland was not among nations subject to the ban.