CDC warns against travel Greece, Ireland, Iran, Virgin Islands as cases rise

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning Americans against traveling to Greece, Ireland, Iran and the Virgin Islands as coronavirus infections rise.

The countries were added to the CDC’s highest risk level of Level 4 on Monday, meaning the risk of COVID-19 is “very high" and travelers are urged to avoid them.

In the advisory for Greece, the agency says, “Even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variant.”

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The agency is advising those who do have to travel to the Level 4 countries to make sure they are fully vaccinated before going.

The State Department similarly raised advisories for Curacao, the French West Indies, Greece, Ireland, Kazakhstan and the Marshall Islands to “Level 4 — Do Not Travel,” Reuters reported.

The move comes a week after the agency and the State Department released guidance advising travelers to avoid Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, Kyrgyzstan, Israel and Cuba amid increasing infections.

White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Health Care — FDA panel backs boosters for some, but not all White House to host global COVID-19 summit next week Overnight Defense & National Security: US-Australian sub deal causes rift with France MORE said last Monday that the U.S. would keep current international travel restrictions in place amid the spread of the delta variant.