The European Union is reopening borders on July 1st, allowing limited travel between countries as the COVID-19 pandemic slows down. Unfortunately, the EU is considering banning citizens of the United States from entering, The New York Times reported on Tuesday . The reason is simple; the United States government had failed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Russia and Brazil are facing similar bans.
Despite Donald Trump's insistence that the coronavirus is under control, the pandemic continues onward. The US has had more than 2.3 million coronavirus cases and 120,000 deaths, more than any other country.
Early in the outbreak, Trump banned travel to the United States from Italy, Germany, and other countries afflicted by the pandemic. The EU had previously closed all borders in March and decided to reopne to specific nations based on the average number of new infections per 100,000 people over the past two weeks. For the EU, that number is 16. For the US, it's 107. Brazil's average number of infections per 100,000 people over the past two weeks is 190, and Russia's is 80, The Times said. The EU states that it will re-evaluate based on fluctuating numbers every two weeks.
Millions of Americans travel to Europe every year, bringing billions of dollars in tourism revenue to host countries. The reverse is also true, as Americans benefit from European travelers every year.