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The United States will ban all travel from Europe in the latest effort to minimise the spread of coronavirus.

The United States will ban all travel from Europe in the latest effort to minimise the spread of coronavirus.

The ban was announced by President Donald Trump in an address to the nation just after midday AEDT.

Mr Trump said America was taking "strong but necessary action" to contain the virus.

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"We will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days," he said.

"There will be exemptions for Americans who have undergone appropriate screenings."

The travel ban will not apply to the United Kingdom, where 459 people have contracted coronavirus.

Mr Trump downplayed the danger coronavirus poses to ordinary Americans.

Donald Trump said the risk of coronavirus for ordinary Americans was 'very, very low'.

"For the vast majority of Americans, the risk is very, very low," he said.

"The highest risk is for the elderly population with underlying health conditions.

"In general, older Americans should avoid non-essential travel and crowded areas."

Mr Trump reiterated his call for Congress to pass payroll tax relief to boost the US economy.

At the present count, 1281 Americans have coronavirus.

Italy, France, Spain and Germany all have more cases than the US.

Donald Trump addressed the nation about coronavirus.

More to come.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/coronavirus-travel-ban-for-all-europeans-going-to-us-donald-trump/06230ca2-a55f-4f6e-878e-ac4249b9b5ec

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