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U.S. govt to cut back on ‘do not travel’ COVID advisories

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Travellers wander at John F. Kennedy Global Airport during the unfold of the Omicron coronavirus variant in Queens, New York Metropolis, U.S., December 26, 2021. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon

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April 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Point out Division mentioned Thursday it will sharply minimize again on “Do Not Journey” advisories for global places following general public wellbeing officers declared a change in how they will evaluate COVID-19 worries.

Out of about 215 international locations and territories that it fees,the department at present lists virtually 120 at “Stage Four: Do Not Journey”, which includes a lot of Europe Japan, Israel and Russia.

The division explained its update “will leave close to 10% of all vacation advisories at Stage 4” which include all chance components, not just COVID. “We believe that the updated framework will aid U.S. citizens make far better educated choices about the security of global vacation,” it said in a assertion.

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The Facilities for Condition Manage and Avoidance (CDC) on Wednesday stated it would shrink from all-around 90 the nations it rates as Level 4, commencing Monday.

Airways and other travel teams have been urgent the Biden administration to carry the pre-departure COVID unfavorable check prerequisites for global travelers, as many other countries have performed.

Administration officers say the situation has been less than overview but health officers have declared no improvements.

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Reporting by David Shepardson in Sonoma, California modifying by John Stonestreet

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