04 May, 2021 23:45 am

Hundreds arrive from Delhi and Mumbai on day 1 of Indian travel ban

On Tuesday, people were seen arriving at Newark Airport in New Jersey and Chicago's O'Hare Airport on direct flights from Mumbai and Delhi.

Daily Mail p MailOnline logo p Hundreds of people arrived in America from Mumbai and Delhi on Tuesday, the first day of Biden's ban on travel for non US citizens from India, to escape the world's worst COVID surge.Both direct routes will still operating on Tuesday © Provided by Daily Mail It is the responsibility of the State Department, Transportation Department (TSA) and Homeland Security (Customs and Border Patrol) to enforce the ban.There were emotional reunions at Newark as people arrived on the flights from India, where COVID cases have surpassed 20million © Provided by Daily Mail Back in January, President Joe Biden added South Africa to a list of countries the US is restricting travel from after a COVID-19 variant started spreading rapidly there and was detected in various states.© Provided by Daily Mail The situation in India is becoming more dire with the country recording the world's sharpest spike in COVID infections this month that has seen cities run out of hospital beds, oxygen and medicines.

Biden's ban applies to non-US citizens but permanent US residents, their family members and some others - like students - are exempt from it.Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb had said Biden's ban on Indian travel is useless because he suspects the variants are already in America.

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