Americans are being warned not to travel to UK due to high levels of Covid-19 in the country.
The US State Department’s “do not travel” advisory came on Monday after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the country was experiencing a “very high level” of the disease.
New warnings urge all Americans – even those fully vaccinated – to avoid travel to the UK
The warning was issued the same day that nearly all lockdown restrictions were lifted in England.
The State Department said it issued the “do not travel” advisory to reflect the issuance of a “level 4” advisory by the CDC.
In May, the State Department urged Americans to “reconsider travel” to the UK, when the CDC’s advice was at level three, meaning a “high” level of the disease. Prior to that, the warning was at a higher level and advised Americans not to travel to the UK
Britain recorded 54,674 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, its highest daily count since January.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is self-isolating for 10 days after coming into contact with a person confirmed to have Covid-19. Johnson had the illness last year, was hospitalized and went to the intensive care unit and received oxygen treatment.
Johnson had delayed the easing of Covid lockdown restrictions by a month due to the more transmissible delta variant.
Governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not fully reopened.
In North America, Canada announced Monday that fully vaccinated Americans will be allowed to enter the country on August 9.
The Public Health Agency of Canada cited increased immunization rates in Canada and reduced pressure on its health care capacity.
Covid cases, hospitalizations and deaths have increased in the United States. The delta variant is now the dominant strain, the CDC said earlier this month.
The Los Angeles County Department of Health, the most populous county in the country, recently reimposed rules requiring everyone to wear masks indoors due to the increase in cases.