By Tom HesterThe US has announced that more than 100,000 people who have been infected with the Zika virus in the US will be able to return to the country as early as Friday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement on Friday that it will waive the travel ban on residents of Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and US territories.
It is expected that those affected will be allowed to return by Friday.
However, the CDC said that residents of Hawaii and Guam, and US citizens in the territories, would not be able return.
It said it was also delaying the decision on the release of additional Zika virus tests from the US military and government laboratories.
The move comes after the first US cases of the virus were reported in the territory of Guam, which is home to the US Pacific Command.
Some of the first confirmed cases of Zika were reported on Guam in March.
More than 80% of Guam’s residents have been tested for the virus.
The US territory has been the focus of US and international efforts to contain the virus, which has also spread to Puerto Rico and US Virgin Island, which also has a large Hispanic population.
The White House on Thursday warned that the virus could spread to the mainland US, which the CDC is expected to release Friday.
The CDC said the travel restrictions will be lifted when the US has a new Zika case, which it has not yet announced.
Health officials have said that the CDC has found a high level of virus in some people in the region, and that the first case was reported in Puerto Rico in March, and a second in the Virgin Islands in May.