White House on deep blue sky background in Washington DC, USA.

US President Donald Trump has announced a ban on travellers entering the United States from Europe for 30 days.

The president has said he will instruct the Small Business Administration to provide capital and liquidity to small business. He will also ask Congress for legislative action to provide payroll tax relief, as well as other measures.

Trump said the restrictions won’t apply to the United Kingdom and the US would monitor the situation to determine if travel could be reopened earlier.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled an economic assistance plan that was gaining bipartisan backing. Central to the package is free coronavirus testing nationwide and emergency funding for those losing paychecks due to self-quarantining, missing work or losing jobs.

The number of confirmed cases of the infection topped 1000 in the US and the World Health Organisation declared the global crisis is now a pandemic.