By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) on Monday suggested towards journey to neighboring Canada due to a rising variety of COVID-19 instances because the Omicron variant spreads.
The CDC elevated its journey advice to “Degree 4: Very Excessive” for Canada, telling Individuals they need to keep away from journey. The CDC, which lists about 80 locations worldwide at Degree 4, additionally raised the island of Curacao to Degree 4.
In November, america lifted restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico for totally vaccinated overseas nationals, ending historic curbs on non-essential vacationers put in place in March 2020 to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada stays a high overseas vacation spot for Individuals.
“We’re conscious of the most recent CDC recommendation,” mentioned a spokeswoman for Canadian International Minister Melanie Joly, noting that final month Ottawa had urged residents towards non-essential journey.
Canada first issued the advisory in March 2020 however withdrew it final October – earlier than the primary Omicron instances had been reported – citing the success of vaccination campaigns.
This month, Canada broke its one-day file for the very best variety of folks hospitalized with COVID-19. Final Friday officers mentioned new day by day instances had soared by 65% within the earlier week, threatening healthcare methods.
The CDC on Monday additionally lowered journey suggestions from Degree 4 to “Degree 3: Excessive” to Armenia, Belarus, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. It additionally charge Singapore as “Degree 3,” after it beforehand was listed as unknown.
The CDC says Individuals ought to be totally vaccinated earlier than touring to Degree 3 locations.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in america reached a file excessive of 132,646, in response to a Reuters tally on Monday, because the extremely contagious Omicron variant pushed instances previous the file 132,051 set in January final yr.
(Further reporting by David Ljunggren in Ottawa;Modifying by Chizu Nomiyama and Aurora Ellis)