USA issues travel advisory against India due to surge in Covid19 cases
The number of active cases in India crossed the two million mark as the country continued to record a mammoth surge in daily cases of the coronavirus disease.
As the Covid-19 cases in India spurt to unprecedented levels, the United States has asked its citizens to avoid travelling to India. “Even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading variants and should avoid all travel to India. If you must travel to India, get fully vaccinated before travel,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in an advisory.
Earlier this month, the CDC said people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can safely travel within the United States at “low risk” but CDC Director Rochelle Walensky discouraged Americans from doing so because of high coronavirus cases nationwide.
The United Kingdom has already added India to its travel “red list” on a precautionary basis after reporting 103 cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in India, the country’s health minister Matt Hancock said on Monday.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said she has taken inputs from various industry chambers on concerns of India Inc with regard to the management of the COVID pandemic and the centre would continue to work with state governments to save lives and livelihood. She sought feedback from businesses to deal with the impact of the second COVID-19 wave on the country’s economy.