The EU has formally agreed on a set of recommendations for the nationalities of travelers who should be allowed to enter its borders, starting on July 1st – and the United States is not included.
And while US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed the “importance” of reconnecting the United States and the EU during the coronavirus pandemic, a graph shows exactly why European countries are excluding Americans.
The two curves clearly show that the EU and the US are moving in opposite directions to tackle the Covid-19 epidemic. New confirmed daily cases in the EU peaked around mid-March and are in sharp decline, with cases of less than 1
0,000 for more than a month. In the United States, new cases are found on a steep upward trajectory.
Many European countries suffered a severe blockade and EU nations reopened gradually and cautiously as their number of cases decreased.
Health experts have repeatedly warned that some states in the United States will reopen too soon, while some administration officials have said that US President Donald Trump and his aides have been “denied” to the severity of the pandemic.
More than a dozen states have now paused or canceled their reopening plans as the United States sees a surge in coronavirus cases.
The United States has recorded more cases and deaths than anywhere in the world, with nearly 2.6 million cases and over 126,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Brazil, Russia and India – the three nations with the most cases after the United States – were also excluded from the EU list of safe countries.
The decision is based on whether a country has a similar or better epidemiological situation than Europe, as well as on comparable hygiene and containment measures.
The EU has recommended member states to offer entry to China, where the virus originated, under mutual agreements. The other 14 countries are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.
Data for the United States show that new cases in at least 36 states are increasing compared to the previous week. State and local leaders said that the increase in cases is partly driven by meetings in homes and meeting places such as bars.
In Texas and parts of California, bars have been forced to close again, while the beaches of Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach have been ordered to the public over the next holiday weekend. In Florida, local alcohol consumption has been suspended in bars across the state and in Arizona, many companies have been shutting down for at least 30 days.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that the state will decide later this week whether to slow the reopening of the indoor dining room in New York City as it “has been shown to pose risks in other states.”
While Europe seems to be going through the worst – at least for now – there have been some localized peaks in cases. In Germany, authorities were forced to quarantine 360,000 people this week after an outbreak in a meat plant in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Schools and shops in the city of Leicester in the UK – a country in transition outside the EU – are about to close again when some restrictions on coronavirus are reset because its infection rate is three times higher than the next highest local area.
Despite these rebirths, the EU is able to gradually allow its borders to reopen to other countries.
But for now, the United States it simply does not meet the criteria.
CNN’s Christina Maxouris contributed to the report.