WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday recommended not traveling to Germany and Denmark due to a growing number of COVID cases -19 in these countries.
The CDC raised its travel recommendation to “Level Four: Very High” for the two European countries, telling Americans they should avoid traveling there, while the State Department issued parallel warnings. of “Don’t Travel” for both countries.
Currently, the CDC includes about 75 destinations worldwide at Level Four, with many European countries on the list such as Austria, Britain, Belgium, Greece, Norway, Switzerland, Romania, Ireland and the Czech Republic.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told leaders of her Conservative party that measures being taken to stop the spread of coronavirus to Europe’s largest economy were insufficient and that more forceful action was needed, she said. Monday Reuters.
The number of cases in Germany has skyrocketed, especially among the elderly the first two injections of the COVID-19 vaccine were earlier this year and among children who are not eligible for inoculation.
Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) said European countries needed to work harder to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further as deaths and new cases increase.
Current transmission rates in 53 European countries are of “great concern” and new cases are approaching record levels, exacerbated by the more transmissible Delta variant of the virus, warned WHO’s Hans Kluge. “We need to change our tactics, from reacting to COVID-19 waves to preventing them from occurring in the first place,” he said.
Germany has already decided to limit large parts of public life to areas where hospitals are filled with patients with COVID-19.
Neighboring Austria imposed a total blockade of COVID-19 on Monday after announcing some renewed restrictions last week. German Acting Health Minister Jens Spahn warned on Friday that Germany could follow suit.
The CDC separately reduced its COVID-19 travel warning from level four to “level three: low” for Israel, Aruba, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Curaçao, and Guadeloupe.