Tuesday 22 September, 2020

COVID-19: Americans warned against non-essential travel to Jamaica

The US State Department is urging Americans to "reconsider travel" to Jamaica due to the spread of COVID-19 in the island.

The level-three warning came after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised Americans to avoid all non-essential travel to Jamaica, warning that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is high in the island. There are four travel advisory warning levels, ranging from "exercise normal precautions" to "do not travel."

The development comes amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in Jamaica, with the country recording 30 new cases Thursday to push its total tally to 958.

In its advisory, the CDC said travelers at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 should consider postponing all travel, including essential travel, to Jamaica.

It warned, "If you get sick in Jamaica and need medical care, healthcare resources may be overwhelmed."

The Trump administration on Thursday rescinded its warnings to Americans against all international travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, saying conditions no longer warrant a blanket worldwide alert.

The State Department lifted its level-four health advisory for the entire world in order to return to country-specific warnings. That move came shortly after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its COVID-19 travel advisory information. The CDC lifted “do not travel” warnings for about 20 locations but advised staying away from the vast majority of the world.

Additional reporting by the Associated Press

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