As a result of an increase in Covid-19 cases in both Germany and Denmark, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State Department issued a travel advisory on Monday.
For the two European countries, the CDC upgraded its travel recommendation to “Level Four: Very High” and issued a “Do Not Travel” advisory, whereas the State Department issued a “Do Not Travel” advisory for both countries.
About 75 destinations worldwide are currently rated Level Four by the CDC, with many European countries on the list, such as Austria, Britain, Belgium, Greece, Norway, Switzerland, Romania, Ireland and the Czech Republic.
Reuters reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel told her conservative party leaders that the measures being taken to stop the spread of the Coronavirus in Europe’s biggest economy are insufficient and that stronger measures need to be taken.
A soaring number of cases has been reported in Germany, especially among the elderly who received their first shots of the Covid-19 vaccine in January and among children not eligible for vaccination.
In a statement earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) urged European countries to work harder to prevent Coronavirus spread as deaths and new cases increase.
Hans Kluge, WHO’s deputy director general, warned that the transmission rates in 53 European countries are “gravely concerning” and that the spread of Delta variants of the virus is causing new cases to reach record levels.
There has already been a decision in Germany to restrict large portions of the public life in areas where hospitals are overflowing with Covid-19 patients.
On Monday, Austria announced a complete lockdown on Covid-19 after announcing some new restrictions last week.
CDC has lowered its Covid-19 travel advisory for Israel, Aruba, the US Virgin Islands, Dutch Caribbean island Curacao, and French Caribbean island Guadeloupe from Level Four to “Level Three: Low”.