Today, the U.S. government withdrew the global health alert imposed in March that recommended its citizens to avoid all types of international travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic and identified about twenty destinations as low or zero risk, including New Zealand, Thailand, Laos or Taiwan.
“With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potential deterioration in others, the (State) Department is reverting to its previous country-specific travel alert system (with levels 1 to 4, depending on conditions)” , stated an official statement.
With this measure, the note explained: “it seeks to provide more detailed information about the situation in each country”, although he emphasized that “he continues to recommend that Americans be cautious when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic”.
At the same time, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its list of destinations with little or no risk of traveling, including New Zealand, Laos, Thailand, Taiwan, Dominica or Fiji.
The entire American, African and European continent remains high-risk areas.
The global alert, first announced on March 19, advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
COVID-19 deaths worldwide today exceed 700,000, of which more than 203,000 have been recorded in Latin America, one of the regions currently most affected by the pandemic, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO). )
The countries with the highest number of deaths are the USA (156,000), Brazil (95,000) and Mexico (48,000).
The number of recovered patients is growing rapidly and there are already 12.2 million, while 1% of active patients, about 65,000, are in serious or critical condition.