Most travelers from the United States will be barred from entering the European Union after it reopens its borders Wednesday because the coronavirus is still far too prevalent in the U.S., European officials announced Tuesday.
The E.U.'s 27 members have been drawing up a list of countries whose virus levels are deemed low enough to allow people from those places to travel into the bloc, which has been mostly sealed off since March.
That list of safe countries was officially announced in a statement from the Council of the E.U. on Tuesday. The U.S. — which has the most coronavirus cases and deaths in the world — was not on it.
The 15 countries that did make the list are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.
China will also be included on the list if it allows entry to E.U. travelers in return.
The list will be reviewed every two weeks and may be updated if the coronavirus situation in other countries improves or worsens, the E.U. statement said.
But Trump said Wednesday he has nothing against mask-wearing, though he said there is no need for a national mandate despite a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.
“Actually, I had a mask on. I sort of liked the way I looked, OK? I thought it was OK,” Trump told Fox Business. “It was a dark, black mask, and I thought it looked OK. Looked like the Lone Ranger. But, no, I have no problem with that. I think — and if people feel good about it, they should do it.”
‘If you “looked like the Lone Ranger,” you had it on wrong,’ one Twitter user notes
Our hiking ladies had a hiking trip planned for France for late July/August..We decided early on to cancel..many in the group are in public health, one is an infectious disease researcher at Harvard (she is currently working on remdesivir with a cocktail of drugs).
Three of our group live in Switzerland, two of whom are US Citizens. They cannot come to the US to make visits as they will not be able to return home to Geneva.
We took a vote and decided to allow the family hotels we had booked to just keep our deposits...They need the money way more than we do.
We will try again in 2021!
-------------------------------- "For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; and its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced." Frederick Douglass 1852
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Trail heads in Colorado are jammed with hikers. Don reported that at one spot cars were parked on the interstate exit next to the large trail head parking lot. The pent up demand for the outdoors has exploded. Will not be going home to Colorado for a few weeks while Bob recovers. Too hot to hike or bike in Tucson, too crowded in Colorado. Today is cool enough to go to the neighbors pool, but that is being drained. humpf
-------------------------------- After seeing how some people wear their masks I can understand how contraception fails.
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