The United States will maintain COVID-19 travel restrictions for international travel due to rising infection rates caused by the highly contagious Delta variant, according to a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

President Joe biden He said in early July that the White House was “in the process” of determining when the United States could lift restrictions, which prohibit European travel to the United States, the Associated Press reported.

However, the administration decided to prioritize reducing increasing cases in the country rather than allowing international travel to the United States, the official said.

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A White House official said Monday that the US will keep existing COVID-19 travel restrictions in place on international travel for now due to concerns about the rising infection rate due to the delta variant. President Joe Biden walks the South Lawn of the White House after getting off Marine One on Sunday, July 25, 2021, in Washington.
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