CDC Adds Germany, Denmark to Highest Travel Warning Level As Europe’s COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise

Berlin: An excursion boat sails on the Spree against the backdrop of Berlin Cathedral.

Berlin: An excursion boat sails on the Spree against the backdrop of Berlin Cathedral.

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A pair of popular European destinations were placed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s highest travel warning list, the latest European countries to be added to the advisory.

The agency is warning Americans to “avoid” traveling to Germany and Denmark amid rising coronavirus cases in the two countries. The CDC, which updates the list each week, classified both countries as “Level 4” destinations, indicating a “very high” level of COVID-19 transmission there.

The agency classifies destinations as “Level 4” if they are experiencing more than 500 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people over the last 28 days.

The CDC has continually added countries from Europe to its highest warning level in recent weeks, including Iceland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Croatia, and Norway.

Overall, the COVID-19 situation seems to

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U.S. Adds 4 New Countries to Highest COVID Travel Warning Level

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the State Department lowered their COVID-19 travel warnings for India and raised them for several other countries this week.

As the federal government continues to assess the risk of the virus’ transmission around the world, the CDC and State Department each lowered their travel advisory for India to a “Level 2,” indicating a “moderate” level of COVID-19 transmission and warning Americans to “exercise increased caution” when traveling there.

Cases in India have dropped significantly since their peak in May when more than 2 million cases were recorded on a weekly basis, according to the World Health Organization. Since July, weekly cases have hovered in the 200,000-range.

In April, the United States started restricting travel from India, adding the country to the list of nations from which non-essential travel for non-U.S. citizens is limited. The list includes several destinations

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CDC Adds France, Israel, Iceland, More to Highest ‘Level 4’ COVID-19 Travel Warning

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added seven more destinations to its highest “Level 4” COVID-19 travel warning, including European vacation spots like France and Iceland.

The advisory warns Americans against traveling to destinations with high levels of COVID-19 and tells them if they must, “make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.” The agency, which has added many destinations to the list in recent weeks, considers a destination to have a “very high” level of transmission if at least 500 cases are recorded per 100,000 people.

In addition to France, Iceland and Israel, Aruba, Eswatini, French Polynesia, and Thailand are also newly-designated a ‘Level 4’ by the CDC.

Many nations have begun to implement restrictions to curb the spread of the coronavirus while continuing to welcome U.S. tourists, like Thailand, which has implemented strict controls over much of the country, but continues to operate its Phuket Sandbox program

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Chicago Adds 9 States to Its Travel Advisory List As Illinois Recommends Masks Indoors for All

The city of Chicago added nine states to its travel advisory list amid a surge of coronavirus cases throughout the country.

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming were all added to the “orange” list of destinations experiencing at least 15 cases per day, per 100,000 residents, according to the city. They join Arkansas, Missouri, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which were already on the list.

All unvaccinated travelers coming from an “orange” destination are “advised” to either get tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of traveling to Chicago or quarantine for 10 days upon arrival, according to the city. The list is updated once per week.

Earlier this month, Chicago started adding states back onto the advisory list, starting with Missouri and Arkansas. It was the first time states had been upgraded to “orange” since June 1.

In addition, the Illinois

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