WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has imposed a new travel ban on India which has seen a large uptick in reported COVID-19 cases.

India — which has a population of 1.38 billion persons — has seen an increase in reported coronavirus cases and deaths. There are also COVID variants in India sparking concerns about potential spreads to the U.S. and other countries.

“After reviewing the public health situation within the Republic of India, CDC has concluded that proactive measures are required to protect the Nation’s public health from travelers entering the United States from that jurisdiction,” Biden said in the travel ban order.“Given the determination of CDC, working in close coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, described above, I have determined that it is in the interests of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as nonimmigrants, of noncitizens of the United States (“noncitizens”) who were physically present within the Republic of India during the 14‑day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.”

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