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Author David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday recommended a ban on travel to Canada due to the high number of COVID-19 cases.
The CDC raised its idea of moving to “Level Four: Very High” in Canada, urging Americans to refrain from going to the north. The CDC has so far registered about 80 locations worldwide at Level Four. It also raised the island of Curacao to Level Four on Monday.
The United States in November lifted sanctions on its borders with Canada and Mexico for foreign nationals that have been fully compliant, and lifted unnecessary travel restrictions from March 2020 to address the COVID-19 epidemic.
Canada is still one of the leading foreign powers for the American people.
The Canadian government did not respond immediately on Monday.
Last month, the Canadian government urged people not to leave the country for unnecessary travel.
Canada advised residents of March 2020 not to travel abroad for unnecessary reasons such as tourism. It removed the information in October – the first Omicron case before it was reported – citing the success of the vaccination campaign.
The CDC on Monday also announced plans to move from Level Four to Level 3: High “to Armenia, Belarus, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. It also ranks Singapore as “Level 3,” after it was already listed as unknown.
The CDC says Americans should be fully immunized before going to Level 3.
COVID-19 hospitals in the United States reached 132,646, according to Reuters on Monday, exceeding the 132,051 records set up in January last year, amid the widespread spread of Omicron.
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