USA extends European travel ban to United Kingdom and Ireland

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President Donald Trump has chose to "suspend all travel from the United Kingdom and Ireland" effective midnight Monday EST (0400 GMT Tuesday), Vice President Mike Pence told a White House news conference.

President Donald Trump does not need to be tested for the Wuhan coronavirus, the president's physician said.

The White House physician wrote that there was not only any need for Trump to self-quarantine, as others have done in similar situations, but that "given the president himself remains without symptoms, testing for the COVID-19 is not now indicated".

He was checked on Friday, the White House physician said.

At the press conference, Vice President Mike Pence announced that the United Kingdom and Ireland will be added to the travel ban.

Ireland's inclusion in the U.S. travel ban from European countries is down to it's open border with the UK, The White House have said. The results come a week after he came into contact with two people who would later test positive for the virus, including Brazilian communications chief Fabio Wajngarten and Brazil's charge d'affairs Nestor Forster.

USA citizens and legal residents will still be able to return home and will be funneled through certain airports, Pence said.

Wajngarten was diagnosed earlier in the week; a donor who was at Mar-a-Lago and another person in Brazil's delegation both tested positive for the virus.

And Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, who also attended events at Mar-a-Lago last weekend, was tested for coronavirus after experiencing a fever and flu-like symptoms and is self-quarantining, according to a spokesman.

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Reporters present during the update were submitted to temperature screenings.

On Friday, President Trump declared a national state of emergency to release $50bn (£40bn) to fight the spread of the virus.

In his remarks, Trump again praised the federal government's response to the deadly virus and singled out state efforts from California and NY in particular.

At that same Saturday press conference, Trump also told reporters his temperature was "totally normal".

Asked about possible travel restrictions within the US, Mr Pence said the administration was considering "a broad range of measures, but no decisions have been made yet".

A representative from the White House physician's office took the temperature of members of the media who were at the White House on Saturday, going around and putting the device to their heads.

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