WASHINGTON, April 30 (Xinhua) -- The White House on Friday announced travel restrictions on India effective on May 4 due to high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants.
"On the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Administration will restrict travel from India starting immediately," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a brief statement.
"The policy will be implemented in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in India. The policy will take effect on Tuesday, May 4," it added.
The State Department Wednesday urged "U.S. citizens who wish to depart India should take advantage of available commercial transportation options" in an updated Level 4 travel advisory. The department also approved the voluntary departure of family members of U.S. government employees from India.
India is witnessing a resurgence in COVID-19 cases. The federal health ministry said on Friday morning that 386,452 new cases and 3,498 related deaths were registered in the past 24 hours across the country.