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U.S. imposes strict travel warnings

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The United States’ Department of State has strongly warned its citizens to refrain from traveling to the Philippines amid the continuous spike of Covid-19 infections in the country.

In its bulletin dated 20 April, the department issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel alert to the country as it began updating its system to align more closely with the database from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It is the highest among all the travel advisory levels of the US State Department and CDC, which means that a country has a very high level of Covid-19 cases.

“This does not imply a reassessment of the current health situation in a given country, but rather reflects an adjustment in the State Department’s Travel Advisory system to rely more on CDC’s existing epidemiological assessments,” it said in a media note.

The Philippines is among the 100 countries worldwide to be given the alert level from its previous record of only around three dozen countries.

The CDC, in a separate advisory, has warned citizens — including those who are fully vaccinated — to avoid all travel to the country as they are at risk to get the virus and spread its variants.

If it cannot be avoided, the health agency advised those who will travel to get fully vaccinated before flying abroad and exercise minimum health standards at all times.