U.S issues travel advisory again, citizens urged to avoid India

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A new travel advisory has been issued by the Biden administration urging its citizens not to travel to India due to surge in COVID-19 cases. India is reeling under the second wave of the pandemic and there is shortage of hospital beds, oxygen supplies and life saving drugs.

The advisory has been issued this week saying: “Do not travel to India due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution due to crime and terrorism.,”

Earlier the advisory was issued on April 28.

Both the travel advisory has been marked ‘Level 4’ which is the highest warning level.

On April 28, the Department approved the voluntary departure of family members of U.S. government employees.

On May 5, the Department approved the voluntary departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees.

“U.S. citizens who wish to depart India should take advantage of available commercial transportation options,” it said.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for India due to COVID-19, indicating a very high level of COVID-19 in the country.

A record 3,780 fresh COVID-19 fatalities were registered in a single day in India taking the death toll to 2,26,188, while 3,82,315 new corona virus infections were recorded, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.

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