India Suspends All Visas, via Washington Post: “In a dramatic step to contain the spread of the coronavirus, India’s health ministry late Wednesday announced it was suspending all existing visas from across the world till April 15.
The move, which excludes diplomats, U.N. officials and those on employment or project visas, will come into force from Friday. This doesn’t impact foreign nationals with visas who are already in the country. All foreign nationals who need to travel for “compelling” reasons have been advised to contact embassies in their location.” Read More
White House considers moving all of Europe to restrictive travel advisory, via Washington Post:
“The White House is considering placing all of Europe under a Level 3 travel advisory, discouraging all nonessential travel there to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions.
China is at a Level 4, which discourages all travel to the country. South Korea and Italy are at Level 3, though some regions in both countries are at a Level 4 because of the prevalence of the outbreak.
The people with knowledge of the White House coronavirus task force discussions, including an administration official, said that the conversations have been ongoing but that no decision has been made,” Read More
Trump administration wants hundreds of thousands of federal workers to be ready to telework full time, via Washington Post
“The Trump administration is racing to develop contingency plans that would allow hundreds of thousands of employees to work remotely full time, an extreme scenario to limit the coronavirus that would test whether the government can carry out its mission from home offices and kitchen tables.
The Office of Personnel Management, which oversees policy for the workforce of 2.1 million, has urged agency heads in recent days to “immediately review” their telework policies, sign paperwork with employees laying out their duties, issue laptops and grant access to computer networks,” Read More