Trump Admin's swift efforts worked well.
'Only Israel and Australia imposed travel moratoriums as soon as the U.S. did. No European countries acted as quickly to suspend travel, and Canada still doesn’t have a travel ban in place.
Italy and the Czech Republic now have restrictions on direct flights from China, and France has suspended issuing new visas to Chinese. But, as Trump noted on Wednesday night, other European Union countries had few travel restrictions in place, even by the end of February.
Germany only requires that people traveling from China fill out (https://www.deviantart.com/users/outgoing?https://www.thelocal.de/20200304/how-does-the-coronavirus-outbreak-affect-travel-to-and-from-germany) “cards giving information on their flight and stating where they will be staying for the 30 days following landing, as well as where they stayed in China, people they were in contact with and their current health status.” As of the morning of March 11th, the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 case tracker showed that Germany had over 50 percent more confirmed cases (https://www.deviantart.com/users/outgoing?https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6) than the U.S. – equivalent to an infection rate six times greater than our own.
The U.K. government tells travelers from the Hubei province of China, where COVID-19 originated, that they should voluntarily “Go home or to your destination and then self isolate.” (https://www.deviantart.com/users/outgoing?https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk) For those traveling from the rest of China, “Travellers do not need to undertake any special measures, but if they develop symptoms they should self-isolate and call NHS 111.” The U.K. has a per capita rate of infection that is almost twice the rate in the U.S.
France, Netherlands, and Spain, with few if any restrictions on travel, have confirmed infection rates that are respectively 8, 7, and 12 times higher. Switzerland’s rate is 23 times higher.
Of course, some countries are testing more thoroughly than others to see who has the disease. A better measure of the true level of infection might be reported death rates, although this data is still not wholly reliable. All of the above European countries, except for Germany, have higher per capita death rates than does the U.S. France and Spain have rates that are 6 and 9 times higher than the U.S. rate. Switzerland’s is four times higher.
Italy’s death rate is by far the worst, with a rate 118 times higher than the rate in the U.S.
It isn’t clear how much of the lower U.S. rate can be attributed to the Trump administration’s quick actions and bucking of WHO recommendations regarding travel, but our overall policy seems to be working relatively well. Our infection and death rates seem to be much lower than those of most other large, similar countries.'
I do admit to being a bit puzzled by shutting down air travel between the EU and the US, but not with the UK. The one thing which stands out in my mind there, is that the US could offer help to the EU Through England... a buffer zone, if you will.
This is going to be a bad year world-wide. I just hope the people of the US don't allow the 'TRUMP'S FAULT!' drumbeat by the MSM / Democrats / Leftists (but I repeat repeat repeat myself) convince them to vote in an absolute Disaster in place of Trump in November.