The European Union has excluded the United States from its list of "safe" countries as it reopens its borders to foreign travel following the coronavirus lockdown.
"The E.U. average new cases for 14 days per 100 000 people is 16. For the U.S. it is 107," one diplomat said.
More than 15 million Americans are estimated to travel to Europe each year
Since the coronavirus emerged, the Pentagon has reported a total of 18,071 cases.
The White House announced Thursday evening that the government's coronavirus task force, led by Vice President Mike Pence, will hold a briefing on Friday.
The European Union is set to open its borders on July 1—but only to countries that meet the bloc's strict health measures for containing COVID-19 infections. The United States does not make the list.
The true number of Americans who've been infected with COVID-19 may top 20 million, according to new estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Deaths from COVID-19 across the country are down to about 680 a day, compared with around 960 two weeks ago, according to an Associated Press analysis of data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Johns Hopkins University reported nearly 35,000 new cases on Wednesday, the second highest daily total since the crisis began. [ more › ]
At least 2.2 million people have been infected in the U.S., while over 120,000 people have been killed, according to NBC News' tracking.
A surge in coronavirus cases in the U.S. and Brazil, and further outbreaks in Germany — where the reproduction rate of the disease has risen substantially — are causing concern among global investors.
The U.S reported more than 30,000 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest number of daily infections recorded since May 1, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University.