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By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday suggested towards travel to Canada due to a rising variety of COVID-19 instances.
The CDC elevated its travel suggestion to “Level Four: Very High” for Canada, telling Americans they need to avoid travel to its northern neighbor. The CDC presently lists about 80 locations worldwide at Level Four. It additionally raised the island of Curaçao to Level Four on Monday.
The United States in November lifted restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico for totally vaccinated overseas nationals, ending historic curbs on non-essential vacationers in place since March 2020 to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada stays one of many prime overseas locations for Americans.
The Canadian authorities didn’t instantly remark Monday.
Last month, Canada’s authorities implored residents not to go away the nation for non-essential travel.
Canada suggested residents in March 2020 not to travel overseas for non-essential causes like tourism. It withdrew the discover in October – earlier than the primary Omicron instances have been reported – citing the success of vaccination campaigns.
The CDC on Monday additionally lowered travel suggestions from Level Four to “Level 3: High” to Armenia, Belarus, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. It additionally charge Singapore as “Level 3,” after it beforehand was listed as unknown.
The CDC says Americans needs to be totally vaccinated earlier than touring to Level 3 locations.
COVID-19 hospitalizations within the United States reached a contemporary excessive of 132,646, in accordance to a Reuters tally on Monday, surpassing the file of 132,051 set in January final 12 months, amid a surge of the extremely contagious Omicron variant.
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