WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. State Division on Monday suggested in opposition to journey to neighboring Canada due to a rising variety of COVID-19 circumstances 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, whereas the State Division additionally on Monday issued its “Degree 4: Do Not Journey” advisory for Canada citing COVID-19 circumstances.
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 international nationals, ending historic curbs on non-essential vacationers put in place in March 2020 to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada stays a prime international vacation spot for Individuals.
“We’re conscious of the most recent CDC recommendation,” mentioned a spokeswoman for Canadian Overseas Minister Melanie Joly, noting that final month Ottawa had urged residents in opposition to non-essential journey.
Canada first issued the advisory in March 2020 however withdrew it final October – earlier than the primary Omicron circumstances have been reported – citing the success of vaccination campaigns.
This month, Canada broke its one-day file for the best variety of folks hospitalized with COVID-19. Final Friday, officers mentioned new each day circumstances had soared by 65% within the earlier week, threatening healthcare techniques.
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 accordance with a Reuters tally on Monday, because the extremely contagious Omicron variant pushed hospitalizations previous the file 132,051 set in January final yr.