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President implements highest travel advisory following first coronavirus deaths in US

Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Robert Redfield
Posted at 5:42 AM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 12:24:24-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Strict travel restrictions are going into effect following coronavirus concerns.

Delta and American airlines canceling all flights to Milan, Italy. The Trump administration is also stepping up safety screenings after issuing travel advisories to Italy and South Korea.

13 Action News Reporter Sean DeLancey has the latest from McCarran Airport with how recent developments are impacting travel to and from the Las Vegas airport. Watch in the player above.

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13 Action News reached out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for an update on screening protocol at McCarran. The agency responded with the following press release from a CBP spokesperson:

The safety of the American people is a top priority. Currently, the immediate risk to the American public is low, and the US is acting swiftly to keep that risk low. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continues to facilitate the CDC’s enhanced health screening of travelers entering or attempting to enter the United States with a nexus to Wuhan or with recent travel to China due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (nCoV). This enhanced health screening is for symptoms specifically related to the novel coronavirus and is conducted by CDC personnel upon a traveler’s arrival.

On January 31, 2020, the President signed a Presidential Proclamation entitled: “Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting 2019 Novel Coronavirus.” As of February 2, 2020, 5 p.m. EST, the Proclamation restricts and suspends the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of certain aliens who were physically present within the People’s Republic of China, excluding the Special Autonomous Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, during the 14-day period immediately preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.

CBP continues to facilitate CDC’s enhanced health screening at U.S. ports of entry. Consistent with CBP’S procedures, and in accordance with the Presidential Proclamation, individuals encountered by CBP with a nexus to China within 14 days of the encounter or with symptoms of illness are referred to CDC or local health officials for additional health screening. CBP has no evidence to date that the virus has spread via cargo.

For answers to frequently asked questions about the virus from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention click here.

For up-to-date travel information from the CDC click here.

For real-time arrival and departure information from McCarran Airport click here.

Stay with 13 Action News for updates on coronavirus and impact to the Las Vegas area.

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