Democrat President Joe Biden is finally closing down travel from India after the world’s second most populated country has been devastated by a record-setting coronavirus wave.
“Biden is expected to impose new travel restrictions on India starting Tuesday in light of the COVID-19 epidemic, barring most non-U.S. citizens from entering the United States,” Reuters reported. “The new restrictions are on the advice of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are imposed ‘in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 case loads and multiple variants circulating in India.’”
India has officially reported nearly 18 million coronavirus cases with more than 200,000 deaths, but experts believe that those numbers are severely undercounted.
“It’s a complete massacre of data,” Bhramar Mukherjee, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan who has closely monitored the situation in India, told The New York Times. “From all the modeling we’ve done, we believe the true number of deaths is two to five times what is being reported.”