US health body advised against travel to India

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As Covid cases, and deaths, continue to surge in India, several countries are executing a ban on travel to the country.

The US public health agency has warned travellers against heading for India even if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

In case the trip is unavoidable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised that travellers should get all vaccine doses. It has also placed India in the highest Level 4 category which implies “very high level of Covid-19”.

“Because of the current situation in India, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at the risk for getting and spreading Covid-19 variants and should avoid all travel to India,” the CDC has said as part of its “Key Information for Travelers to India”.

“Because of the current situation in India even fully vaccinated travellers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19 variants and should avoid all travel to India,” says the advisory, posted on Monday on the CDC website.

“If you must travel to India, get fully vaccinated before travel. All travellers should wear a mask, stay 6 feet from others, avoid crowds, and wash their hands,” it says.

Hancock said that there have been 103 cases in the UK showcasing the India variant of Coronavirus therefore including India in the ‘red list’ of over 39 countries, with Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the Philippines considering international travel to be the reason for the spread of the virus.

Only British citizens, people with UK residence rights, (and Irish citizens) will be allowed to return. But they must quarantine mandatorily for 10 days from the time of arrival in a government-approved hotel.