Trump suspends travel from Europe for 30 days

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US President Donald Trump has announced travel restrictions on Europe in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The 30-day travel order, which begins midnight Friday, does not apply to Americans undergoing "appropriate screenings". 

"To keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe," Trump said during a televised address from the Oval Office on Wednesday evening.

He added that the travel order will apply to 26 European countries but not the UK. 

So far, there are 1,135 confirmed cases of the virus across the US, with 38 deaths.

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