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Cargo flights exempt from President Trump’s European flight ban

Trump initially said cargo flights would be banned but later retracted the statement in a tweet
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Cargo flights will continue to operate between Europe and the US despite a sweeping new ban by President Donald Trump on travel from mainland Europe.

In a public address made from the Oval Office, President Trump said the travel ban will last for 30 days and will not apply to the UK.

Mr Trump initially said that the ban would also "apply to the tremendous amount of trade and cargo" but later tweeted to say that “trade will in no way be affected”.

He said: “We made a lifesaving move with early action on China. Now we must take the same action with Europe.”

US authorities will monitor the situation to see where the ban can be lifted early, according to the president.

The countries impacted include those in the Schengen Area, identified as: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

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