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President Trump considers domestic travel restrictions as ban extends to UK, Ireland

Posted at 1:11 PM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 16:11:51-04

WASHINGTON — At a Saturday briefing, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence said the White House is considering restricting domestic travel, especially to areas dealing with increased spread of coronavirus.

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According to CNN, no timeframe nor other specifics are known, but Trump did say during the briefing that, "We're working with the states, and we're considering other restrictions."

When asked about domestic travel restrictions, Pence said the administration is considering a broad range of options, but no decisions have been made.

Washington has been one of the hardest hit states in the country, so far reporting 37 deaths from the virus and more than 500 positive cases, according to KOMO News.

Pence on Saturday also said that the U.K. and Ireland have been added to the administration's European travel ban. Travel to those nations will be cut off on Monday at midnight ET.

U.S. citizens will be allowed back into the country, though they will be screened upon entry and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Previously, the Trump administration had exempted the U.K. and Ireland from a 30-day travel ban to Europe, which went into effect at midnight ET on Friday.