The United States should extend its travel ban for European coronaviruses to include the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
The ban will begin at midnight EST Monday (04:00 GMT Tuesday), said vice president Mike Pence.
The travel ban imposed by President Trump on 26 European countries, members of the Schengen free movement area, entered into force on Saturday.
Mr. Pence also announced that free coronavirus tests will be provided for each American.
Speaking at the same press conference, President Trump said he had been tested himself and expected to get the results within the next 48 hours.
The United States has confirmed 51 pandemic-related deaths and 2,488 infections.
More than 132,500 people have been diagnosed in 123 countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). He says that Europe is now the epicenter of the virus, which originated in China.
Following Italy’s example, Spain is on the verge of declaring a 15-day national lockdown on Monday to fight the virus.
How is the travel ban in the United States extended?
On Saturday morning, the United States had already suspended travel from 26 Schengen countries for 22 days – 22 members of the European Union and four outside the EU.
These are Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
The travel ban has sparked anger and confusion in the EU, with leaders accusing President Trump of having made the decision “without consultation”.
The UK and Ireland were exempt, but Trump said on Saturday: “They’ve had some activity, unfortunately.”
The total number of confirmed cases in the UK reached 1,140, with 21 deaths – compared to 11 on Friday.
Pence said US citizens and legal residents can always return.
These people are said to be “routed through specific airports and processed,” he said.