Biden bans most non-US residents from South Africa and extends restrictions to Europe, the UK, and Brazil

Passengers arrive on a flight from London under new restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at JFK International Airport in New York on December 21, 2020.

Eduardo Munoz | Reuters

President Joe Biden banned most non-US citizens traveling from South Africa from entering the US and expanded travel restrictions to Europe, the UK and Brazil to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The measures reported by CNBC on Sunday come because more contagious strains of the virus have spread.

Former President Donald Trump last week lifted entry bans on most non-US citizens who had been to many countries in Europe, the UK or Brazil, but then-elected President Biden's spokeswoman said the new administration would quickly reverse that move do.

Trumps should go into effect on Tuesday if the US requires US travelers to present a recent negative Covid test result before flying to the US.

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