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One graphic explains why Americans are facing an EU travel ban

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

US tourists will be excluded from visiting the European Union after the bloc finalized its list of 15 safe countries for travel to member states on Tuesday.

(CNN)US tourists will be excluded from visiting the European Union after the bloc finalized its list of 15 safe countries for travel to member states on Tuesday.

And while US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has stressed the "importance" of reconnecting the US and EU during the coronavirus pandemic, one graphic shows exactly why European countries are shutting Americans out.

New confirmed daily cases in the EU peaked around mid-March and are on a clear downward trend, with cases below 10,000 for more than a month.

Many European countries went into a strict lockdown early, and EU nations have been reopening gradually and cautiously as their cases numbers decline.

More than a dozen states have now paused or rolled back their reopening plans as the US sees a surge in coronavirus cases.

Brazil, Russia and India -- the three nations with the highest numbers of cases after the US -- have also been excluded from the EU's list of safe countries.

Data for the US shows that new cases in at least 36 states are trending upwards compared to the previous week.

State and local leaders have said the rise in cases is in part driven by gatherings at homes and in meeting places such as bars.

Schools and stores in the city of Leicester in the UK -- a country transitioning out of the EU -- are to close again as some coronavirus restrictions are reimposed because its infection rate is three times higher than the next highest local area.

Despite these resurgences, the EU is in a position to gradually allow for the reopening of its borders to other countries.

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