United States Issues ‘Do Not Fly’ Alert for Canada

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Department of State issued a travel warning for bordering Canada on Monday.

They cited an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections as the omicron strain continues to spread.

“Level Four: Do Not Travel”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised its travel advice for Canada to “Level Four: Very High,” advising Americans to avoid travel there.

The State Department likewise released a “Level Four: Do Not Travel” caution for Canada on Monday, highlighting COVID-19 cases in the country.

The CDC, which designates over 80 places globally as Level Four, furthermore elevated the island of Curacao to that status.

In November, the United States raised limitations at its border crossings with Canada and Mexico for completely vaccinated foreign residents.

This put an end to historic constraints on non-essential travelers imposed in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in effect since January 2020.

Canada continues to be the most popular international vacation destination for Americans.

“We are aware of the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendation,” said a spokesperson for Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly. Joly added that Ottawa already advised residents against non-essential travel last month.

Following the effectiveness of vaccination efforts, Canada initially issued the recommendation in March 2020. However, the country retracted it in October of the same year, well before the first instances of omicron were recorded.

Record Number of Hospital Admissions

The number of persons hospitalized with COVID-19 in Canada hit a record high on a single day this month, breaking the previous record set last year.

Officials reported on Friday that the number of new daily cases increased by 65 percent, compared to the previous week, thereby putting a strain on healthcare facilities.

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) downgraded travel advisories for Belarus, Armenia, Zimbabwe, and Lesotho from Level 4 to “Level 3: High.”

The CDC also assigned a “Level 3” rating to Singapore, which had previously been classified as “undefined.” According to the CDC, Americans need to be totally inoculated ahead of traveling to Level 3 countries.

As stated by Reuters and NBC News, the number of COVID-19 hospital admissions in the United States has hit an all-time high; as things presently stand, much more than 1.3 million COVID infections were registered on Monday alone.

Emergency room visits have risen significantly as a result of the extremely infectious omicron strain. This ended up surpassing the previous record of 132,051 established in January 2021.

As the omicron variant continues to spread, everybody in the country has to remain careful. However, it is unsure if Americans will take the advice of the CDC, which is known for flip-flopping. In the end, the ball is in everybody’s court.