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US to issue 'Do Not Travel' advisories to 80% of countries

Agencies | Washington

The Daily Tribune –

The US State Department on Monday said it would issue "Level 4: Do Not Travel" advisories for some 80 per cent of countries, as it warned citizens should "reconsider all travel abroad" due to Covid-19 risks.

"As travellers face ongoing risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State will begin updating its Travel Advisories this week to better reflect the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) science-based Travel Health Notices that outline current issues affecting travellers’ health," the State Department said, Deutsche press agency (dpa) reported.

The department said the reclassifications do not imply a "reassessment of the current health situation in a given country," but reflect an adjustment in the advisory system.

The US issued a blanket Level 4 warning on international travel in March as the coronavirus pandemic hit, which is lifted in August as it began to again issue individualized advisories for different parts of the world.