One graphic explains why Americans are facing an EU travel ban

By Emma Reynolds, Luke McGee and James Frater |
CNN

US tourists will be
excluded
from visiting the European Union after the bloc
finalized its list of 15 safe countries for travel to member states
on Tuesday.

The EU has published a list of recommendations for which
nationalities should be allowed to enter its borders — and the US
is not included.

And while US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stressed the
importance
of reconnecting the US and EU during the coronavirus pandemic, one
graphic shows exactly why European countries are shutting Americans
out.

The two curves clearly show the EU and US heading in opposite
directions in dealing with the Covid-19 outbreak. New confirmed
daily cases in the EU peaked around mid-March and are on a clear
downward trend, with cases below 10,000 for more than a month. In
the US, new cases are on a steep upward trajectory.

Many European countries went into a strict lockdown early, and
EU nations have been
reopening
gradually and cautiously as their cases numbers
decline.


Health experts
have repeatedly warned that some states in the
US were reopening far too soon, while some administration officials
said US President Donald Trump and his aides were “in
denial
” about the seriousness of the pandemic.

More than a dozen states have now
paused
or rolled back their reopening plans as the US sees a
surge in coronavirus cases.

The US has recorded more cases and deaths
than anywhere in the world, at almost 2.6 million cases and more
than 126,000 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins
University. Brazil, Russia and India — the three nations with the
highest numbers of cases after the US — have also been excluded
from the EU’s list of safe countries.

The decision is based on whether a country has a similar or
better epidemiological situation than Europe, as well as comparable
hygiene and containment measures.

The EU has recommended that member states offer entry to China,
where the virus originated, on the condition of reciprocal
arrangements. The other 14 countries are: Algeria, Australia,
Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda,
Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay.

Data for the US shows that new cases in at least
36 states
are trending upwards compared to the previous week.
State and local leaders have said the rise in cases is in part
driven by gatherings at homes and in meeting places such as
bars.

In Texas and parts of California, bars were directed to close
back down, while beaches in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach
were ordered off-limits to the public during the upcoming holiday
weekend. In Florida, on-premises alcohol consumption was suspended
in bars statewide and in
Arizona
, many businesses are shutting for at least 30 days.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday the state will
decide later this week on whether to slow the reopening of indoor
dining in New York City as it has “been shown to pose risks in
other states.”

While Europe appears to be through the worst of it — at least
for now — there have been some localized spikes in cases. In

Germany
, authorities were forced to quarantine 360,000 people
this week after an outbreak in a meat plant in the state of
North-Rhine Westphalia.

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Schools and stores in the city of
Leicester
in the UK — a country transitioning out of the EU
— are to close again as some coronavirus restrictions are
reimposed because its infection rate is three times higher than the
next highest local area.

Despite these resurgences, the EU is in a position to gradually
allow for the reopening of its borders to other countries.

But for now, the US simply does not meet the criteria.

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One graphic explains why Americans are facing an EU travel
ban