The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday advised against travel to 22 nations and territories because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases.
The Health Protection Agency raised its travel recommendation to “level four: very high”, advising Americans to avoid travel to those destinations.
“Do not travel internationally until you are fully vaccinated,” the CDC said on its website.
“Getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect yourself from severe disease, slow the spread of COVID-19, and reduce the number of new variants. The CDC encourages you to get a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose if you are eligible,” it added.
As new infections increased by 20% worldwide over the past week, the World Health Organization has warned that the Omicron variant will not be the last Covid variant.
“Don’t abandon the science. Don’t abandon the strategies that are working, that are keeping us and our loved ones safe,” Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s Covid technical lead, said on Tuesday.
“This won’t be the last variant of concern,” she added, calling on governments to invest more in surveillance systems to track the virus as it mutates and spreads.
The CDC listed Albania, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bermuda, Bolivia, British Virgin Islands, Cape Verde, Egypt, Grenada, Guyana, Israel, Panama, Qatar, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Sao Tome and Principe, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Uruguay under its 22 new destinations at Level 4.
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