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“Avoid India Travel”: US Public Health Agency Warns Of “Very High” Covid Level

The CDC has warned travellers against travel to India even if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

The US public health agency, in the wake of second Covid wave in India, has warned travellers against travel to India even if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The body, in case of unavoidable circumstances, has advised getting all doses of vaccination before setting forth. The agency has also placed India in the highest Level 4 category which implies “very high level of Covid-19”.

As part of its “Key Information for Travelers to India”, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said: “Because of the current situation in India, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at the risk for getting and spreading Covid-19 variants and should avoid all travel to India.”

“If you must travel to India, get fully vaccinated before travel. All travelers should wear a mask, stay 6 feet from others, avoid crowds, and wash their hands,” the CDC advisory said.

The CDC, among guidelines provided to travellers to India, including fully vaccinated persons, has asked for a maintenance of 6 feet distance with anyone who is not a co-traveler and regular washing or santisation of one’s hands. This is besides the use of masks in public places.

On Monday, India recorded 2,73,810 fresh infections and 1,619 deaths in new record high, taking the caseload to 1.5 crore. Over 1.78 lakh people have succumbed to the deadly virus till now. For the fifth straight day now, India has been reporting over 2 lakh cases of Covid-19 infection.

Other than the states of Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, Karnataka, where restrictions were already imposed, fresh restrictions have been announced in Bihar, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Manipur.

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