Hawaii has become the latest U.S. state to ban travel from six countries with high rates of covid.
The state’s travel ban on Friday is part of a larger plan to tighten border security and quarantine the state’s residents who have come into contact with people who have the virus.
The restrictions will cover Hawaii residents with known or suspected exposure to the coronavirus.
Hawaii has a total of 10 counties with high infection rates: Oahu, Oahu-Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Maui, and Molokah.
More than 20 percent of people living in Hawaii have been infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The latest restrictions are in line with the Obama administration’s proposal to expand quarantine on the U.s.-Mexico border.
Hawaii Governor David Ige said he will issue an executive order on Thursday that will limit the number of travelers from the countries to five a day, a level that is far lower than the current limits.
He said the new restrictions will only apply to people with current or confirmed cases.
The governor said that the number limit will allow the state to better protect Hawaii residents and to provide health care services to more than a million people in the state who have been diagnosed with coronaviruses.
He did not provide an estimate for how much the restrictions will cost.
Ige also said he is concerned about the cost of the new travel restrictions.
He said Hawaii will pay for its own travel and health costs and that the state will not be able to meet its own costs.
The governor said the state has spent millions of dollars on its response to coronaviral outbreaks, and said the cost will likely be even higher than previously estimated.
In the state of New York, Gov.
Andrew Cuomo said that he will be imposing restrictions on travel to and from New York City, New Jersey, and Staten Island, including the city of Brooklyn.
Cuomo said the restrictions are necessary because the New York city and its surrounding counties have been hit hard by the coronovirus pandemic.
“I am asking the people of New Yorkers and New Jersey and all New Yorkers to step up and do their part to help New Yorkers, New Yorkers in Brooklyn, and New Yorkers throughout the state, protect themselves and their families,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo said he plans to impose additional restrictions as soon as possible, but that he has no plans to increase the number or scope of the restrictions.
The governors travel ban is one of the most sweeping in the country.
Other states have also imposed restrictions, including a travel ban imposed by New Jersey Gov.
Chris Christie in February.
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