WASHINGTON (NBC News)— President Joe Biden will restrict travel from India starting Tuesday on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as India battles a deadly second wave of coronavirus infections.
The policy will not apply to American citizens, lawful permanent residents or other exempted people, according to a White House official.
India surpassed 200,000 Covid-19 deaths Wednesday, becoming only the fourth country to do so. Overall, India has recorded about 18 million cases, second only to the United States with more than 32 million cases.
The surge in new infections has stretched India's hospitals to the breaking point, leading to a shortage in oxygen, hospital beds, and other critical supplies.