measure was published in Brazil's federal gazette and is
relatively weak in its restrictions compared to other Latin
American nations. Those banned include citizens of the EU,
China, Japan, Australia, Malaysia and South Korea.
Brazil crossed 600 coronavirus cases on Thursday, more than
doubling in two days. So far Brazil has remained the odd country
in the region not implementing severe air travel restrictions.
Brazil's Justice Ministry said countries were selected based on
risk, but did not explain why the United States was not
included, which has one of the highest infected counts in the
In Latin America, Colombia and Panama announced on Thursday that
they would ban all international flights for 30 days. Other
countries such as Peru, Ecuador and El Salvador have already
implemented similar measures.
Earlier on Thursday Brazil closed its land borders.
(Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu; Writing by Marcelo Rochabrun;
Editing by Stephen Coates)
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