The U.S. State Division mentioned on Monday it would enhance its “Do Not Journey” steering to about 80% of nations worldwide, citing “unprecedented threat to vacationers” from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This replace will end in a major improve within the variety of international locations at Degree 4: Do Not Journey, to roughly 80% of nations worldwide,” the division mentioned in a press release.
The State Division already listed 34 out of about 200 international locations as “Degree 4: Do Not Journey,” together with locations like Chad, Kosovo, Kenya, Brazil, Argentina, Haiti, Mozambique, Russia and Tanzania. Attending to 80% would indicate including almost 130 international locations.
Most People had been already prevented from touring to a lot of Europe due to COVID-19 restrictions. Washington has barred almost all non-U.S. residents who’ve just lately been in most of Europe, China, Brazil, Iran and South Africa.
The State Division mentioned the transfer doesn’t indicate a reassessment of present well being conditions in some international locations, however moderately “displays an adjustment within the State Division’s Journey Advisory system to rely extra on (Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s) present epidemiological assessments.”
CDC didn’t instantly remark.
Earlier this month, the CDC mentioned people who find themselves absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 can safely journey inside the USA at “low threat” however CDC Director Rochelle Walensky discouraged People from doing so due to excessive coronavirus instances nationwide.
“We all know that proper now we have now a surging variety of instances. I’d advocate in opposition to normal journey total,” Walensky mentioned. “We’re not recommending journey right now, particularly for unvaccinated people.”
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