President Trump considering Brazil travel restrictions

Doctor Willie Baracho, right, checks Mario de Santos, suspected of suffering from COVID-19, at his home at the slum of Vila Vintem in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

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UPDATED 7:46 AM PT — Wednesday, May 20, 2020

President Trump is reportedly considering restricting travel from Brazil as the country is experiencing an increase in coronavirus cases.

The president announced possible travel restrictions from the South American country at a cabinet meeting Tuesday, adding that he doesn’t want travelers to infect Americans. Brazil is currently in third for its number of coronavirus cases behind the U.S. and Russia.

President Trump also confirmed his administration is sending aid to the country to assist with its efforts to combat the outbreak.

“I worry about everything, I don’t want people coming in here and infecting our people,” he stated. “…We’re helping Brazil with ventilators, we’re sending them ventilators.”

Health workers prepare to move 89-year-old COVID-19 patient Sildomar Castelo Branco into an aircraft as he is transferred from Santo Antonio do Içá to a hospital in Manaus, Brazil, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

According to reports, the South American country is struggling to keep up with the growing number of COVID-19 patients and has exhausted much of its medical facilities.

“We’re sending a lot of people,” the president continued. “Brazil is having some trouble, no question about it.”

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