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- The State Department will be increasing the number of countries on the “Do Not Travel” list due to risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
- About 34 out of 200 countries were already on the list.
- To reach 80 percent, about 130 more countries would need to be added.
The U.S. State Department announced on Monday that it will increase its “Do Not Travel” list to include about 80 percent of the countries in the world due to risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
“As travelers face ongoing risks due COVID-19, we have updated our Travel Advisories to better reflect @CDC’s science-based Travel Health Notices,” the State Department wrote on Twitter.
Prior to the announcement, roughly 34 out of 200 countries were already listed as “Do Not Travel,” including Russia, Brazil and Argentina. Reaching 80 percent on the “Do Not Travel” list would mean the inclusion of about 130 more countries.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently says those who are fully vaccinated can safely travel within the United States, “the Department of State strongly recommends U.S. citizens reconsider all travel abroad,” the agency said in a statement.
In the U.S., 39.9 percent of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 25.7 percent are fully vaccinated.
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