Coronavirus live news: UK welcomes end of US travel ban; US death toll from COVID-19 surpasses 1918-19 flu pandemic – World Latest News Headlines

The White House has announced that the US will lift the COVID-19 travel restrictions to allow travelers from the UK and most European Union (EU) countries to travel into the country from early November.

The move marks the end of a travel ban imposed by Donald Trump in the early stages of the pandemic more than 18 months ago, and comes after intense lobbying from Brussels and London.

In addition to the UK and 26 Schengen countries in Europe, the easing of sanctions will also apply to Ireland, China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa and India.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed it. Who tweeted: “It’s a big boost for business and business, and it’s great that family and friends on both sides of the pond can get together once again.”

British Airways chief executive Sean Doyle said the US announcement “is a historic moment and one that will give a major boost to the global UK’s recovery from this pandemic”.

Shares of American airlines changed little, while some European carriers gained. British Airways parent IAG SA rose 11.2%, while Air France-KLM and Deutsche Lufthansa AG closed up more than 5%: