COVID19

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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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 Continues to Add States to Its Travel Advisory List As COVID-19 Cases Climb

Chicago added six more destinations to its travel advisory list on Tuesday as coronavirus cases continue to rise all around the country.

Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, South Carolina, Utah, and Puerto Rico were updated to the city’s “orange” advisory, bringing the total list up to 19 states and two territories. Destinations are added to the list if they surpass 15 cases per day, per 100,000 residents, according to the city.

Currently, the orange list includes Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“Unvaccinated travelers from these areas are advised to quarantine for 10 days if they have not received a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of arriving in Chicago,” the city’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted. Fully vaccinated travelers don’t have to get tested or quarantine, according to

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Spain and Greece Tighten Local COVID-19 Restrictions As Delta Variant Spreads

Anticipating an influx of British tourists next week, Spain and Greece are tightening local COVID-19 restrictions as the Delta variant spreads around the world.

Evening curfews have been reinstated in more than 30 Mediterranean towns, including charming Valencia, set where the Turia River meets the Mediterranean Sea.

In the Catalan region, a measure to close bars at 12:30 a.m. and prohibit eating and drinking in public areas is being considered, Reuters reported. Dr. Rafael Bengoa, cofounder of Bilbao’s Institute for Health and Strategy, told the news service that he believed the country was becoming an expert in the premature easing of restrictions.

Coronavirus infection rates in Spain have tripled in the past couple of weeks, and major tourist destinations aren’t being spared. The week of July 5, Spain reported 120,351 new cases of COVID-19, according to the latest available data from the World Health Organization — a more

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