US advises against travel to Ireland, warning of rising Covid-19 cases.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned against travel to Ireland because of a rising number of Covid-19 cases.

There were 1,352 new cases of Covid-19 reported in the Republic on Monday, up from 1,098 the previous day. There were 177 Covid-19 patients in hospital, with 27 being treated in intensive care.

Just less than 5.7 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the Republic, however, with nearly three in four adults fully vaccinated.

Other locations being raised to the CDC’s “Level Four: Avoid Travel” notice include Greece, Iran, the US Virgin Islands, Libya, Kazakhstan, Andorra, Saint Barthelemy, Lesotho, Martinique, Malta, the Isle of Man and Curacao, the CDC said.

Similarly, the US state department on Monday added Ireland to its “Level Four: Do Not Travel” advisory, as well as destinations including Curacao, the French West Indies, Greece, Kazakhstan and the Marshall Islands.

In early April, the state department listed 34 countries as “Level Four: Do Not Travel”, and then added more than 100 countries to better align with CDC ratings.

After taking many countries off its highest warning level since June, the US has been adding more countries back because of rising Covid-19 cases. It currently lists about 90 at the highest warning level. – Reuters

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