Washington removes recommendations not to travel because of Corona from 90 countries

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday it has canceled its “no travel” recommendations regarding the Corona pandemic to about 90 international destinations.

The centers had said a few days ago that it was reviewing its travel recommendations and that it would maintain Level IV health travel notifications “for special circumstances such as a rapidly growing infection trajectory or a very high number of infections” .

Other countries and regions that have fallen to “level three: high”, which still advises against travel for unvaccinated Americans, are the United Kingdom, France, Israel, Turkey, Australia, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain. and Russia.

It also dropped to third place Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Central African Republic, Chile, the Czech Republic, Jordan, Lebanon, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Somalia, Uruguay and Vietnam.

There are currently approximately 120 of the 215 countries and regions listed in “Level 4: Do not Travel”, including most of Europe, Japan, Israel and Russia.

“We believe the updated framework will help American citizens make informed decisions about the safety of international travel,” the State Department said in a statement.

international virtual summit

The White House announced on Monday that a virtual international summit to stem the pandemic outbreak and prepare for future health threats will be held on May 12.

The summit will be co-chaired by the United States and Germany, which currently holds the Group of Seven leadership, Indonesia, which holds the presidency of the Group of Twenty, Senegal, which chairs the African Union, and Belize, which holds the Caribbean Group. CARICOM).

The five countries said in a joint statement issued by the United States that “the summit will redouble our collective efforts to end the acute phase of the pandemic (Covid-19) and prepare us to face future health-related threats “.

This will be the second international summit on the pandemic that has killed more than six million people worldwide and has disrupted the global economy since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in December 2019.

US President Joe Biden hosted a similar summit on September 22, 2021, calling for the vaccine to be promoted worldwide.

Today, despite the significant reduction in corona mortality rates worldwide, the spread of the virus, particularly the Omicron mutant, is preventing many countries from lifting restrictions, especially in China, where millions of people are still trapped.

The United States and the countries participating in this summit also want to maintain a sense of urgency to deal with the epidemic.

“Ahead of the May 12 Summit, we call on world leaders, members of civil society, NGOs and the private sector to make new commitments and provide solutions to vaccinate the world’s population, save lives now and build better health insurance anywhere in the world. “, It is said in the joint statement.

He stressed that the emergence and spread of the new mutant, like (Omicron), has reinforced the need to find a plan to control (Covid-19).

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Despite the fact that the “Omicron” mutant is less dangerous, though more contagious, the countries behind this summit consider it necessary to spare no effort to predict the emergence of new health disasters in the world.

And the countries continued in their statement, “We know we need to prepare now to build, stabilize and fund the comprehensive capacity we need, not just in the face of mutants (Covid-19), but in the face of other health crises as well.”

And World Health Organization officials said Thursday that the Corona pandemic is far from endemic and could cause “major epidemics.”

“We are still in the middle of this pandemic and we all hope it is not, but we are not in an endemic phase,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, who heads the fight against the virus at the World Health Organization.

Shanghai records 7 deaths

The city of Shanghai, the financial center of China, said on Tuesday that seven people infected with the Corona virus died on Monday, from three deaths on Sunday.

And China’s National Health Committee announced on Tuesday that the continent registered 21,600 new confirmed cases of the Corona virus on Monday, including 3,316 with symptoms and 18,284 without symptoms.

This compares with 23,460 newly confirmed cases of coronavirus the day before, including 2,742 asymptomatic and 22,626 asymptomatic.

The mainland of China has recorded 188,351 confirmed cases with crowns so far.

India opposes a study that increases the number of deaths from Corona

New Delhi opposed the approved approach to a study expected to be released by the World Health Organization on the new Corona death toll in the world and increased the death toll in India to at least four million.

According to official figures released by Indian authorities, the pandemic has killed 520,000 people, the third highest number of deaths in the world after the United States and Brazil.

And the New York Times reported last week that India is trying to prevent the publication of a World Health Organization study that considers the current death toll to be eight times higher.

Commenting on the article published in the newspaper, the Indian Ministry of Health said in a statement published at the end of the week that the computational modeling approach adopted by the organization is “controversial” and “not statistically proven”.

According to the ministry, India has expressed its skepticism in several official letters and meetings since November. The statement said the ministry had not yet received a “full response from the World Health Organization”.

The WHO study is based on calculations similar to those used in The Lancet last month and a study published in February in the journal Science that examined at least 3.2 million crown deaths in India.

The Indian authorities opposed the method used in the Lancet and Science studies.

The country is still under the impact of a terrible Corona wave in the spring of 2021. At the height of that wave in May, India recorded more than 400,000 new infections and about 4,000 deaths a day.

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