Coronavirus: CDC advises US citizens to avoid travel to Canada amid latest COVID-19 surge

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday advised U.S. citizens against travel to Canada, after raising its COVID-19 travel advisory to the neighboring country to the highest level possible.

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The CDC also recommended against travel to France, Spain and Sweden, Bloomberg reported.

In addition, the CDC recommended that the only travelers who should even remotely consider traveling to Canada at this time are those who are fully vaccinated.

“Because of the current situation in Canada, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants,” the agency stated in raising its Canadian travel advisory one notch to Level 4.

By 2 p.m. EST Monday, Canada had confirmed more than 2.5 million cumulative COVID-19 cases, including nearly 691,000 cases reported within the past 28 days. To date, virus-related fatalities in Canada total nearly 31,000, including 848 COVID-19 deaths confirmed within the past four weeks, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

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Nearly 309 million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed globally since the pandemic began in early 2020, resulting in nearly 5.5 million virus-related fatalities to date, according to Johns Hopkins data.

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